Tuesday, February 23, 2016
TWD BCM Panna Cotta and Teacakes
My dad absolutely prefers chocolate desserts to all other desserts. He doesn't really see the point of "wasting" the calories unless there is chocolate involved. My mom, on the other hand, isn't really a big fan of chocolate. She much prefers fruit desserts. This means that at family gatherings we normally have at least two desserts. Unfortunately for my waistline, I am in neither camp. I love chocolate desserts, fruit desserts, nut desserts, vanilla desserts...I could go on. I'm just a fan of sweets :-) It being February, though, I was very excited to see two chocolate desserts on the menu. I made the panna cotta for Valentine's day and the teacakes the following week. For the panna cotta I substituted four tablespoons agar agar for the gelatin. Much to my shock it worked perfectly. It was a little bit too firm, if anything, but I loved the texture. For the teacakes I followed the recipe exactly, but split it into 6 dishes instead of 4 (my cups were 4 oz instead of 6) and decreased the baking time by a couple of minutes to compensate. Everything was delicious and relatively quick! These may become Valentine's day traditions.