Recently Los Angeles has been hit with heat waves that made us constantly hover around the AC and brought back nightmares of our short time living in the scorching desert of Phoenix, Arizona. Serious cooking was the last thing we wanted to do. Our solution to cool down? This dessert we’re calling soy milk panna cotta that takes minutes to prepare and you barely have to turn on the stove. It’s not a classic panna cotta since there is no cream or dairy, but instead soy milk is substituted. Simply dissolve some gelatin in cold soy milk, chill, and then top with your favorite syrup for a quick dessert. It’s also a riff of one of our favorite Vietnamese desserts, dau hu nuoc duong gung, or tofu with ginger sauce, which is typically served warm.
Instead, we opted for fresh summer berries in a simple red wine reduction. Again, barely any cooking involved–just simply heat red wine with some sugar until thickened and toss in the berries.
After a thorough chill, top with sauce and enjoy! A fantastic way to beat the late summer heat.
Soy Milk Panna Cotta with Red Wine Sauce
Yield: 4 medium size ramekins
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2.5 hours
2 cups sweetened soy milk
5 tbs sugar, divided
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
1 ts vanilla extract
1/2 cup red wine
Divide the soy milk in half, placing half in a small sauce pan and half in a bowl. Add a packet of gelatin to the bowl and allow to sit. Heat the sauce pan gently only to dissolve 2.5 tbs of sugar. Turn off heat and add the warm soy milk to the cold soy milk along with the vanilla extract and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Transfer to individual serving ramekins/bowls if desired. Allow to set in the fridge for 2 hrs.
Heat 1/2 cup of red wine with remainder of the sugar until dissolved and reduces in half. Turn off and remove from heat and toss the fresh berries to coat and cool in the fridge.
When thoroughly chilled, top soy milk panna cotta with red wine and berries and enjoy.
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