Friday, August 19, 2011

Peach & Lemon-Thyme Panna Cotta

peach lemon and thyme panna cotta recipe from cherryteacakes.com
My house has been a central point for my friends. Butchie lived there before I moved in. I actually have her old room. My friend Thelma had the room at the end of the hall. I'd been visiting that house for a year before I moved into it. Thelma moved out, then Butchie moved out, then I moved in and now I'm moving out. It's the end of an era for us. That house has been a part of us for five years. Our generation is growing up and moving on to rented rooms in Adams Morgan, high rise apartments in Dupont and townhouses in Anacostia.

Butchie came over Monday night and silly Thelma had other things to do. I realized today that Monday could have been our last baking night in Tenleytown. No more baked goods being eaten on the wraparound porch, chatting about life and watching fireflies. It's been an oasis in chaotic DC: lush, green, and peaceful. It's been our 'giving tree.' We'll have a farewell evening there.  In a way, we owe the house that much. We're actually saying goodbye for good this time.

So, for the second-to-last time, here is the recipe from baking night in Tenleytown. Enjoy....preferably on a porch with a few close friends.

Peach & Lemon-Thyme Panna Cotta
adapted from Epicurious

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (from a 1/4-ounce envelope)
2 tablespoons water
2 cups heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup mild honey
1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon-thyme leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
3 peaches, peeled if desired, pitted, and thinly sliced

Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small heavy saucepan and let stand 1 minute to soften. Stir in cream and salt, then heat gently over medium-low heat, stirring, until gelatin has dissolved.

Whisk honey and almond extract into the cream mixture.

Pour mixture into 4 small bowls and chill, covered, until set, at least 8 hours.

Mince lemon thyme with sugar, then toss with peaches. Let macerate, stirring occasionally, at room temperature 20 minutes. While peaches macerate, let panna cotta stand at room temperature.

Top bowls of panna cotta with peaches and their juice. Drizzle with additional honey if desired.



22 comments:

  1. Beautiful dessert! I have been wanting to attempt panna cotta for a while. This looks like an easy recipe to try!

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  2. Wow this looks so delicious and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! :)

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  3. What a lovely panna cotta...soon you'll bake in your new home, but have your memories to look back on. You described your time there poetically.

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  4. Lovely dessert, perfect for Summer with fresh peaches.

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  5. Gorgeous!

    It's hard to leave a place that has played a big role in your life for years. Hopefully your next home is just as great.

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  6. Looks lovely & tempting! & looks easy too
    Love it!
    Tq for sharing the recipe with us :)

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  7. WOW. Looks delicious & simple. I've been looking for a recipe for the North Carolina peaches we gorge ourselves on to & from Vacation every year. Thanks

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  8. We had panna cotta for the first time in Italy. My husband absolutely loved it. I had no idea how simple it was to make! I like the idea of peaches and thyme in this. I'll have to make it and let you know how it turns out. :)

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  9. Just BUZZED it...that looks beautiful!

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  10. I love panna cotta but this one looks extra special. Nice flavour combination.

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  11. This is so pretty. In love with this recipe.

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  12. this looks amazing, and would be wonderful shared with friends :)

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  13. Oh I totally want to make a panna cotta! Yours looks delish!

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  14. I love panna cotta and this one looks awesome! Great recipe!

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  15. Oh that looks so fresh and delicious, I love a nice panna cotta and the combination with peach would be lovely.

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  16. Delicious! Lemon and thyme is such a wonderful combination. And with peaches, it sounds super yummy! I remember when my friends and I shared/passed down a house in college. I found this beautiful 1920s house at a way too low rent and we managed to keep our friends living in it for four years after. We always had our dinners and parties there. It was sad to see it go.

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  17. I'm almost a neighbor as I work in Chevy Chase! And I almost made this recipe last week but opted for a peach souffle. Now I wish I had made this instead! It's such an elegant but simple dessert. Your photo is beautiful! Good luck with your move! : )

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  18. Oh, this sounds delightful! I've never made panna cotta before but that is about to change! Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Gorgeous dessert. I have to get around to making some panna cotta this summer!

    The end of an era can be sad but it sounds like you and your friends are moving on to new experiences and a new home for new cooking adventures :-)

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  20. Yum! Sweet story too, I can totally relate. We'd love to have this recipe in our seasonal potluck for peach month! http://bit.ly/eLlgG2

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  21. Yummy ... beautiful and delicious dessert, I really like your recipes, stunning photos, congratulations, hugs.

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