Thursday, January 21, 2010
Coconut Panna Cotta (recipe review) from Super Natural Cooking
Yes, it was that good that this gem of a recipe deserves an entire post! I made the Coconut Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis from Super Natural Cooking, a lusciously illustrated vegetarian cookbook by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks fame.
While I am not a vegetarian, I enjoy this cookbook nonetheless. Each page is like looking at an edible piece of art! I appreciat that the author does not shun what I believe to be good-for-you traditional fats like real butter, ghee and coconut milk. My main criticism of the book is that overall the recipes (though each looks delicious) of contain lots of starches, and too much sugar. For the recipe I made, I halved the sugar called for and still found it to be overly sweet. Yet the texture of the panna cotta, made with agar-agar rather then gelatin, turned out perfectly smooth and firm, and as you can see in my photo, the presentation is pretty.
This book is worth adding to your collection, but I'd suggest trying the recipes with less sugar then called for.
What are your favorite recipes you've tried lately?
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