This delicious Panna Cotta tastes and smells like a wonderful thyme infusion! The honey and the raspberry sauce make this dessert even more fabulous and full of great flavours!
Hello October! The month of the colourful leaves, warm scarfs, pretty umbrellas, stylish trench coats and hot tea. As much as I love the summer, the autumn always gives me warm comfort and coziness which I enjoy a lot. And as we are talking about tea, how many of you like drinking herbal infusions?
Some people might not have even heard of this type of drink but me, as a true Bulgarian, I have grown up drinking many different varieties of herb infusions. Linden tea was the one my grandma used to prepare almost every morning for breakfast and it was always coming together with a slice of bread and butter. But sometimes we were drinking also thyme infusion which I loved a lot because of its incredibly nice aroma. These were plants my grandma had picked and dried out on her own and they had a wonderful flavour that I never tasted anywhere else.
What is well known about herbal infusions is that some of them are really helpful for specific health conditions. In some cases when sweetened with honey their effect becomes even better. My mom is absolutely convinced that she has cured me from bronchitis with camomile inhalations. On the other hand I have found out that the best remedy for a night cough is a warm herbal infusion with honey. When my son was younger I started giving him rosa canina and mint but recently I also introduced thyme. It is a very healthy herb as it contains multiple antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory effect and helps fight the pathogenic organisms in our body. It helps against cough. In addition it can have a good effect to immunity as it contains several vitamins and minerals… And if you are not convinced yet that thyme is a miracle herb, remember that it can also make certain foods taste nicer!
And so I decided to prepare a healthy and tasty panna cotta – a Thyme Infused Panna Cotta with honey. For even richer and tastier experience I topped it with raspberry sauce and decorated with fresh raspberries.
This is a perfect example of a dessert that is tasty and also good for your health. Indeed, there is sugar in the raspberry sauce but if you want to make it even healthier, you can boil the raspberries unsweetened and add some honey or maple syrup after removing them from the stove.
Thyme Infused Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce
For the panna cotta:
- 200 ml 7/8 cup heavy cream
- 200 ml 7/8 cup milk
- 7 g 2 teaspoons or 1 x 0,25 oz envelope gelatine powder
- 3 tbs water
- 50 g 2,5 tbs honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 thyme teabags, with no additives or 2 tbs dried thyme
For the raspberry sauce:
- 200 g 1,5 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 tbs sugar
- In a small cup combine gelatine and 3 tbs water. Let stay for 5 minutes.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat or in a cup in the microwave heat the milk until almost boiling. Place inside the thyme teabags (or dried herb) and cover with a lid. Let stay for 5-10 minutes and then remove the bags (or pass the milk through a fine sieve to remove the herbs).
- In a heatproof bowl combine cream, infused milk, honey and gelatine. Place the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Whisk the mixture until both honey and gelatine are completely dissolved: it should become hot but not boiling.
- Pour the panna cotta into small ramequins or cups, filling them about 3/4 full. Cover with plastic wrap. Let cool in the fridge for 3-4 hours or until firm.
- Before serving top the panna cotta with raspberry sauce and decorate with fresh raspberries and basil or mint leaves.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat combine raspberries and sugar. Whisk until the mixture starts to thicken: about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Process the raspberry mixture in a blender until almost smooth.