House Tofu Honey Panna Cotta with Blood Orange and Pistachios
Want to test your culinary skills? Try making this decadent dessert tonight.
-Created by Chef Lee Anne Wong for House Foods America, house-foods.com
Makes 8 Servings
1 block House Foods Soft Tofu
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup soy milk, room temperature
Pinch of salt
Zest of ½ blood orange, peeled into 1-inch wide strips with a vegetable peeler
2 pieces blood orange
1 recipe blood orange syrup (recipe follows)
1 recipe candied pistachios (recipe follows)
Fresh mint and tarragon, fine chiffonade
1. Stir the powdered gelatin and sugar together. Place the soy milk in a small bowl and whisk in the sugar and gelatin, adding in a thin stream. Allow the gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes.
2. In a blender, combine the soft tofu, honey, and a pinch of salt. Blend on high until smooth. Add in the gelatin soy milk mixture and blend again until homogenous.
3. Transfer the tofu mixture to a saucepan. Bring the tofu to a simmer while stirring constantly, but not to a boil, just until the mixture begins to bubble. Whisk once more and remove from the heat. Pour the tofu into 4 ounce ramekins lightly coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.
4. While the panna cotta is chilling, bring a small pot of water to a boil and blanch the strips of blood orange zest for 15 seconds, then strain. Repeat this process twice more, boiling a fresh pot of water each time. Run the zests under cold water, and pat dry with a paper towel. Julienne the strips finely crosswise into ½-inch long strands. Set aside to add into the gastrique.
5. Cut off the tops and bottoms of the blood oranges to expose the pulp and then stand it on one end. Cut away the peel with your knife, following the curve of the fruit. Working over a bowl, gently cut the filets of orange out, slicing between the pith/membranes, being sure to remove seeds. Squeeze any excess juice from the core into a separate bowl, using the extra juice towards the blood orange gastrique.
6. Make the gastrique and pistachios according to recipes below. To serve, gently run a knife along the inside edge of the ramekin and invert the ramekin onto a plate. Spoon a few tablespoons of syrup onto each panna cotta and top with a several orange filets, candied pistachios, and julienned herbs for garnish.
Go to the next page for the Blood Orange Gastrique and Candied Pistachio recipes…