Last week my sister visited me from Cyprus and I wanted to make a dessert but since I’ve been trying to eat lighter I decided to make something, not so «sinful». I also wanted to use mastic gum, since I am hosting this month’s event Think Spice.. Think Twice: Fennel Seeds and Mastic Gum and a creamy dessert would be perfect with mastic gum as I remembered my experimenting with gelatin, last year and using it in desserts.
I decided to make a panacotta but make it with less calories. I used 0% fat milk and low fat whipping cream. I also reduced the amount of sugar from 1/2 cup to even less, as we added some sour cherry syrup on top.
The flavour was perfect and although not very sweet it still was delicious even with the low fat milk and cream and so easy to make.
Mastic Gum flavoured Panacotta
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6 – 8
12 gelatin leaves
600 grams of milk 0% fat
400 grams whipping cream 15% fat
(<) 1/2 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon powdered mastic gum
Sour cherry syrup
Place the gelatin leaves in a container with enough water to cover them for 10 minutes.
In a sauce pan add the milk, whipping cream, sugar and honey and mix. Discard water and add the gelatin leaves and and mix continuously until the gelatin leaves have dissolved. Add the mastic gum and when it starts boiling remove from the heat.
When it begins to cool, transfer into a mold or bowls and allow to cool completely before refrigerating.
Serve after 4 – 5 hours until it sets and serve with your favourite syrup.
When introducing you to mastic gum I mentioned a lot of its qualities. I kept this one as a surprise. Mastic gum has been considered as an aphrodisiac for centuries not to mention millenia.
Here is an excerpt from a site on mastic gum:
….. Gum mastic increases the reaction of the immunization system.
It’s also used as an aphrodisiac, sexual stimulant.
Gum mastic can be used in lotion against sunburn because Masticha absorbs the Ultra-Violet rays.
It can also be used as a mild coffee additive…..
I am sending this recipe off to Chris, of Melecotte, who is hosting for another year an event dedicated to Valentine’s Day, named Kitchen of Love, where at least one ingredient must be aphrodisiac. In my recipe there are two ingredients as honey is also an aphrodisiac.
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