Brisk, fall weather never fails to put me in the holiday spirit. I love the crisp air, colorful foliage, bundling up in heavy sweaters, and of course, Thanksgiving.
Every year, my mom and I host Thanksgiving dinner. A few weeks ago, my mom asked me to put together a menu for our annual feast. Cooking for 20+ people will not be easy, but I’m up for the challenge!
This year, I’ve decided to go with Pumpkin Panna Cotta for dessert instead of traditional pumpkin pie. It’s a delicious fail-proof choice that requires no baking.
One bite and out oozes luscious spiced pumpkin. Simple and elegant, it’s the perfect holiday dessert.
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Pumpkin Panna Cotta
6 individual servings – 4-ounce ramekins
1-1/2 cups milk, divided
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup pumpkin pie mix
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup heavy cream
Crème fraîche, for garnish
- Pour 1/2 cup of the milk into an 8-cup saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over the milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine pumpkin pie mix and cinnamon; whisk until smooth. Add remaining milk, heavy cream and blend until fully incorporated.
- Heat the milk in the saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin dissolves.
- Add the pumpkin mixture and turn the heat to medium. Stir the mixture until steam rises and small bubbles form (about 3 to 4 minutes). Turn off the heat, and ladle the mixture into six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups.
- Chill the panna cotta until firm, at least four hours or overnight. Add a dollop of crème fraîche right before serving.
While other three-year-old girls played with their Barbie dolls, Joy Liao made herself an imaginary kitchen. She'd pretend to be the butcher at the market, taking a plastic knife to her stuffed animals. (She wasn’t a troubled child, promise!) Having an insatiable appetite for all things delicious, Joy grew up in the kitchen learning about cooking from her mother. After college, she pursued an editorial/media career, and more recently, rediscovered her passion for food in the kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants in San Francisco.
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