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Panna cotta divided

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I made coffee panna cotta yesterday from a Nigella Lawson recipe. When I unmolded one I realized it had divided into two distinct layers, one quite dark and rubbery (bottom layer in the mold) and the other light with a mousse-like consistency. I've never had this happen with panna cotta; it's very attractive but I'm not crazy about the consistency. Any ideas what might have happened?

asked by Terri 2 months ago
4 answers 291 views
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Trena Heinrich

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added 2 months ago

Did you sprinkle the gelatin in liquid for 5 minutes? If not, I suspect that's the cause of the two layers.

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Trena Heinrich

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added 2 months ago

Rats! I thought that might be it. I bet other Food52ers will have some ideas as to what went wrong. Sounds like a delicious recipe.

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added 2 months ago

Yes I did. I've made Panna cotta quite a few times and I think I have the procedure down. It's a mystery! Thanks for your response.

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added 2 months ago

Maybe it was stirred too vigorously after it started to set, and air bubbles formed, which rose to the top & formed the mousse-like part? Just guessing...