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Pears, Pannacotta, Wine and a Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated in it. The winner is Heather with her tweet about the event! Congrats Heather!! :)*

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I am overwhelmed by the reception that my Project Food Blog posts have been receiving. It is at once empowering and humbling; I am so grateful for your warm patronage, compliments and encouraging critique. And, to show my appreciation, I am hosting a giveaway sponsored by CSN stores, who, as you know, are purveyours of everything from dining tables to shoes to cookware. Details of the giveaway are the end of this recipe post.

I also offer you this beautiful dessert, a Lavender Pannacotta with Pears in White Wine Gelee. Desserts are perhaps the easiest to conjure up when faced with a cornucopia of fruits. Over the last few posts, I have shared some savory applications of Fall fruits and after making this and this I don't feel so guilty about moving onto the comfortably welcoming land of sweets.. :)

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Pannacotta has always held a charm for me. It's elegance belies the ease and simplicity of making it.Marrying the aromatic pannacotta with the drunken fruit and alcoholic gelee was a match blessed in culinary heaven. The fruity yet acerbic wine gelee needs a balance and the pannacotta seemed the way to go. It's creaminess smooths the sharpness of the jelly and the hint of lavender rounds it all up nicely.

I am really starting to like lavender a lot. Sometime back Mr. FSK had paired it very successfully with a beautiful dorade (sea bream) and this pannacotta proved the versatile flower/herb's worth even more. The only thing to be aware of is, in my dear friend Trissa's words "If you use too much of lavender, it tastes like soap!!" LOL

Nevertheless, this is a lovely dessert that comes together effortlessly delivering a seamless harmony of flavors that burst in your mouth, igniting ever taste bud before silkily sliding down your throat! :)

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Now for the giveway. I am giving away a $45 CSN stores gift card (valid at any of their online stores to one lucky reader. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian* residents. All you have to do for a chance to win -
  1. Leave a comment on this post (with your mail address) by 11:59 pm on Oct 20, 2010, telling me what you would like to purchase from CSN.
  2. For an additional chance, tweet this giveaway, including my twitter handle - @ashafsk, and come back and leave me a seperate comment.
* There may be international shipping charges in the case of Canadian addresses (CSN only ships to the US and Canada).




Lavender Pannacotta with Pears in White Wine Gelee
(serves 4)

Lavender pannacotta

1/2 tsp dried lavender
1 cup light cream
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp unflavored gelatin

Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold milk and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom. Meanwhile, heat the cream with the lavender and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for a minute. Remove from heat and let it steep for a couple of minutes. Strain the lavender out and whisk the cold milk and gelatin into the hot cream.

Make sure the gelatin dissolves completely else there may be setting issues. Divide the mixture into 4 dessert bowls and refrigerate for atleast 2 hours before proceeding to the next step.


Pears in White Wine Gelee

2 Pears sliced thin horizontally, using mandolin or by hand
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup water
1 T sugar
3/4 tsp gelatin

Bloom the gelatin in cold white wine. Bring the water and sugar to a boil and mix with the wine-gelatin mixture. Refrigerate the mixture for about 15 minutes to cool it but before it starts to set. If you are too late just zap it in microwave for 30 seconds and cool it down again.

When the pannacotta has set, arrange the pears over it and pour the cooled wine mixture to just cover the pears. Refrigerate for atleast 3 hours to let the whole dessert set.

61 comments:

  1. Firstly this is breathtaking beautiful. I mean really how can to eat that ?

    Secondly, regardless of how good this looks I feel like diving into it right now.

    Thirdly, you are doing a great job :) Have been voting for you and I'm sure you got to be a one of the strong contenders :)

    And I love pannacota too. I often do a mango puree and slices thing to go with it but wonder why I have never tried pears.

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  2. Fabulous presentation and photos, as usual.

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  3. Asha, I don't qualify for the giveaway but would just like to say how lovely the flavour pairing of this panna cotta is. Very elegant!

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  4. Gorgeous panna cotta and clicks!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Did I say that? I don't remember... KIDDING! I miss ya lots Asha - especially now that you've really just BLOOMED with your food and your pictures - just amazing. I am so excited to visit you in April 2011! Well done on the panna cotta - you've got my vote!

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  6. That pannacotta is gorgeous! Like everything, always! Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway. If I won I'd buy baby things; I have a list a mile long :)

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  7. what a fabulous pannacotta.

    As for the CSN I would love a new set of sheets for my bedroom.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  8. Love pannacotta! Excellent clicks and lovely presentation! xx

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  9. What divine photos! Makes me want to slip a spoon into it.

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  10. beautiful photos, I especially like the white wine gelee, well done. :)

    And from CSN? I have been lusting after a mandoline... Need it now!

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  11. That presentation is gorgeous!! I've been voting for you each time, really love your challenge posts :)

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  12. Isn't it like one of the esiest and yummiest dessert? Love panna cotta! The only sad part is the tons of calories it has in it but I can live with that :-)
    Gorgeous presentation and as usual beautiful light in the photographs!

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  13. This is beautiful. The proof is in the puddin' oops I guess I shouldn't call it puddin'! GREG

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  14. Wonderful panna cotta!! You have all my votes for the PBF! All the best :)
    I would love to buy a pie pan from CSN stores, as I do not have one now and would love to try and make the pumpking pie!

    http://ambikaskitchen.com
    ambika.viswanathan@gmail.com

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  15. Your PFB posts are amazing! I've always wanted to make to get a kitchen torch from CSN.

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  16. A CSN SodaMaker would be fun! Your lovely Project Food Blog posts are always great reads!

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  17. I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. Feed me!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I would get 2 new spring form pans and maybe a muffin pan too.
    I wish you could come make me some lovely snacks.How far are you from Mississippi? JK!!!
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  19. We're getting into pie season and somehow I've gone 26 years without obtaining a pie dish! Maybe I can buy two with $45... Lovely panna cotta! Great flavor combo.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  20. An awesome dish to dish out:):)Would love to have some baking dishes including muffin racks from CSN :):)

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  21. What a pretty panna cotta. I don't know why I don't make it more often. You're right, it is so easy.

    I've been thinking I should get a chocolate chunker.

    I'm so glad you're doing so well in Project Food - I've been voting!

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  23. What a great giveaway. There's so much I want from CSN. rhisomers(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Lovely presentation and an easy dish:)Would love to have baby stuff from CSN for my baby
    ramyajambunathan@yahoo.com
    http://vegetarian-planet.blogspot.com

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  25. The photos are beautiful -- if only I was brave enough to try making something like this!
    From CSN, I would really love to get the Interlude Home Kampala Vase in Blue -- it's really pretty!
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  26. Today is my Birthday and I just bought some lovely pears.

    Now I know what to do with them. A great site.

    Just love browsing CSN. I would just love to be inspired. Such a great giveaway goes along way today.

    gaover@hotmail.com

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  27. This is so gorgeous! I love the way the pears are floating in the white wine gelee. --genius!

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  28. Gorgeous photos. I'd rather stare at it than eat it. Who am I kidding? Yum. Good luck in future challenges. I give you so much credit. As for CNS, I would love to put the gift card to a new processor because mine broke months ago and I've been [over]using my poor blender. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Really want a french press. CNS could help.

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  30. This is exquisite. I love the presentation with the sliced grapes- so thoughtful and elegant. The post was so pretty I had to leave a comment, but please give the gift card to someone who can really get some use out of it. It sounds like you have a few readers who really need it.

    I've only had bad pannacotta so I'm looking forward to trying your recipe. I know it will be great!

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  31. Gorgeous pics! From CSN if I won, I'd like to get some Le Creuset.

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  32. I would love to purchase some new Georgia Boots for my son! Thanks!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  33. Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/ScoomerBlog/status/27508156780


    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  34. Wow! That stuff looks so beautiful! Yummy, too, of course. :D

    My CSN goodie of choice would have to be a nice, new set of plates.

    My e-mail's kocinera@gmail.com

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  35. I'd like these boots for my son:

    http://www.csnstores.com/Superior-Boot-Co.-STMPR07-SXO1018.html

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  36. Amazing dessert. Great photographs, just perfect!!!

    Funny, my husband says the same as Trissa about lavender. Recently made a lavender loaf and that was his first comment! :)

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  37. This is gorgeous! It sounds wonderful and your pictures are absolutely amazing.

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  38. It's been a while since I have cooked with lavender, and I remember the intriguing flavors produced. This is such a beautiful specimen on panna cotta.

    There are so many great things that you can get on CSN. I would probably get a nice wooden bowl.

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  39. I love your panna cotta, it looks gorgeous! :) I'll vote for you too :)

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  40. I love panna cotta but this takes panna cotta to someplace more elegant and special. Really fabulous, very romantic, stunningly pretty.

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  41. Panna cotta has been on my wishlist for a long time.Do you kno how i can make it without alcohol though? *curious*

    I would absolutely benefit from the CSN giveaway as I have been planning to start my own home baking business for ages and recently started doing it for small gatherings. I am a stay at home mom from a busy college student who could use the budget to buy herself some tools for her new home business. =)

    Icongrats on the challenge 4. You always surprise me! good luck on the future ones

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  42. I would choose the GamaSonic Atmosphere Color Changing Bowl -- it would be a perfect gift for my Mom!
    Pudyqat2 {at} aol.com

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  43. I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/DrewbieK/status/27710260709
    Pudyqat2 {at} aol.com

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  44. I adore the presentation of this pannacotta!!!

    From CSN I would love to get a hand blender...mine broke and I have been waiting to get a new one :)

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  45. Wow! That looks too beautiful to eat!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  46. @momgateway: A soda maker?? I didn't know there was such a gadget! now, you have made me want one too!!! LOL

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  47. Hi Tamanna, you don't need alcohol for the pannacotta. that's just milk, cream, sugar, flavoring and gelatin. :) I added the wine layer over it..

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  48. Oh my goodness, that looks so good!
    wakechick25(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. A heart-capturing pannacotta??? It looks great!!!

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  50. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to get a new set of bakeware!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  51. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/FakeGradSchool/status/27814216508

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  52. Hello! I would love to order a new coffee maker!
    email: arodriguez913@gmail.com

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  53. Beautiful photos of yummy looking food.

    If I won I would look for a big bread bowl... or maybe a new knife!

    karmaperdiem@hotmail.com

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  54. I would get this Rachael Ray casserole: http://www.csnstores.com/Rachael-Ray-55230-RRY1179.html
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  55. I'd love to win an ebleskiver pan! saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca

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  56. This picture is a bloggers dream. I am sucked into your world just by looking at it. Hell yes! I want to eat it, forget reading the recipe for it. Glamorous indeed!

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  57. Absolutely yummm recipe,Asha!Loved your post so much that I added a link to you post on my blog for a special Christmas day selection of lovely dessert recipes on the block!

    Here goes the link:
    http://www.witwokandwisdom.blogspot.com/

    Do drop in sometime!Happy Holidays and wish you a great New Year ahead!

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  58. It's been a while since I have cooked with lavender, and I remember the intriguing flavors produced. This is such a beautiful specimen on panna cotta.

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