Yoghurt panna cotta with orange blossom syrup & pistachio

{Settling in}

Yoghurt panna cotta with orange blossom syrup & pistachio

It always takes me quite a while to settle in a new place. A strange thing, given that the number of times I moved during the past two years.

But, it does take time to have some sense about a new house – the sense of space; the sense of how time passes by, how the lighting condition changes throughout the course of the day. And I like to chase after sunlight, particularly in the early or late hours of the day.

Then, there are boxes to unpack, to organize. I thought I would have enough energy to do a bit of unpacking last week. How short-lived was that thought! Instead I found myself lying on the couch falling asleep while trying to read through a book or watching a TV show. That´s surely part of the whole `settling in´ process…

I confess I haven´t shot any food photos at my new place. My props are still in boxes. And I still have a lot of photos from my wonderful time in New York to go through. But that is going to change soon I hope!

Meanwhile, let´s all enjoy this sweet and simple dessert. Yoghurt panna cotta, how easy! I like mine really creamy with just enough gelatin to lightly set the pudding (very unlike the yoghurt and strawberry jelly I made earlier). The orange blossom syrup and crushed pistachio are inspired from a rice pudding dessert I always ordered at a small Lebanese restaurant called Almazett in Melbourne. In fact, I still travelled across town to dine at that place. It´s certainly not fancy or has the best food around. But Almazett is one of a few restaurants where I really feel at home.

Yoghurt panna cotta with orange blossom syrup & pistachio

Yoghurt panna cotta with orange blossom syrup & pistachio

Choose the best yoghurt for this dessert. I got mine from a Greek deli – the yoghurt is extra smooth and creamy. I can eat the whole jar just by itself!

Adapted from taste.com.au.

Printable recipe

1 cup natural yoghurt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup honey or to taste
1 cup thickened cream
1 tbs hot water
2 tsp gelatine powder
Orange syrup: mix 1 tsp orange blossom water with 1 cup of sugar syrup (made with equal amount of water and sugar).
Crushed roasted pistachio – to serve

Place the cream and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture is heated through.
Place the hot water in a small heatproof bowl and sprinkle with the gelatine. Place the bowl in a small saucepan and add enough boiling water to come three-quarters of the way up the side of the bowl. Use a fork to whisk until the gelatine dissolves.
Add the cream mixture and gelatine mixture to the yoghurt, whisking until well combined. Strain through a fine sieve into a large jug. Pour evenly among the moulds. Place in the fridge until set (preferably overnight).
To serve, add a spoonful of syrup on top of the panna cotta, sprinkle generously with pistachio.

40 Responses to Yoghurt panna cotta with orange blossom syrup & pistachio

  1. OohLookBel says:

    Those little pots are so cute; I've got similar/same from Bread Top. Thanks for this recipe, I am going to try it with rosewater for an alternative middle Eastern vibe!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Delicate panna cotta! Very pretty.

  3. deb says:

    I have never made panna cotta! I have always meant to try it. Your recipe looks really easy and I love orange blossom water and pistachios! Looks delicious!

  4. penny aka jeroxie says:

    yes I can easily polish off the 500ml yoghurt by myself too… love the flavours. Must get together soon to cook!

  5. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    That looks nice! And it reminds me, I really should get some orange blossom water… such a lovely ingredient.

  6. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Nice flavours Anh…especially that orange blossom. I can never tire of panna cotta.

  7. Phuoc'n Delicious says:

    Hehe.. I love those cute jars! My ultimate favourite dessert is pannacotta; orange blossom and pistachio combo sounds wonderful

  8. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Cute pots, and equally good dessert.

  9. My Little Expat Kitchen says:

    Hi Ahn! Nice to have found your blog through your comment on mine. I love your collection of recipes and this panna cotta looks amazing.

  10. Faith says:

    I love the use of yogurt in this dish! Great way to lighten it up without sacrificing flavor. The pistachio and orange blossom water give it such a lovely Middle Eastern twist. Hope you're all settled in and enjoying your new place, Anh!

  11. La Table De Nana says:

    Very sweet presentation…Take your time to settle in peacefully:)It all comes together.

  12. tigerfish says:

    You settled in well and fast. Look! You are already making beautiful desserts.

  13. Soma says:

    Ah the orange blossom makes me go into a dream. It is lovely. Love your dessert, the spoons and the ribbon.

  14. Deeba PAB says:

    I'm absolutely loving this Ahn…it's gorgeous! !

  15. aneyefordetail says:

    Hi: I just came over from Dianne's blog.

  16. aneyefordetail says:

    Forgot to say: We too are moving in four short weeks! To another state: I'm in New York now and we're going south to North Carolina. Yes, it's so hectic and unsettling! Will let everyone know how we do when we get there!

  17. Johanna GGG says:

    yoghurt panna cotta sounds lovely – refreshing and delicate if your lovely pictures are anything to go by!

  18. Christine@Christine's Recipes says:

    Your yoghurt dessert looks very tempting and delicious in the cute small pots. I remember I and my family had tried very delicious custard dessert in Tokyo. I really wanted to keep their little pots, very like yours, and bring back here, lol.

  19. "All things French" says:

    I love the little pots of panna-cota. I've never made this lovely dessert but you have inspired me to try.

  20. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Oh yummy! I would love to try the yogurt panna cotta.

  21. Monet says:

    So simple, yet so delicious. I, too, take a long time to adjust to change or to a new place. I'm still trying to accustom myself to Austin. Thank you for sharing…I hope your Friday is delightful!

  22. the dainty baker says:

    mmmm yoghurt panna cotta! sounds irresistibly smooth and light!! yum!

  23. pigpigscorner says:

    I understand what you mean. Moving is a pain. Great clicks!

  24. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Perfectly understandable to take your time to set up your new home :). Congrats again and lovely little pots you've made here.

  25. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    I had my first yoghurt panna cotta few week ago and already hooked! Your styling is so pretty!

  26. myfrenchkitchen says:

    I love panacotta…yours with its orange flavour and pistachios looks wonderful and light!

  27. WizzyTheStick says:

    yoghurt panna cotta is amazingly simple yet so sublimely delicious. Love the exotic flavours to this

  28. shaz says:

    I want adorable little pots like those! I love panna cotta too and this combination of flavours sounds fantastic. Watchign TV and falling asleep on the couch is definitely and essential part of the settling in process.

  29. Aparna says:

    Moving is not an easy thing to do, so good luck with settling in. Though by your definition, I think I'm still "settling in". LOL

  30. Trissa says:

    I am already dreading my own move to a new place. I am sure that it will take my time to adjust and get out of my comfort zone but am sure it will be worth it (for you and me!). Beautiful panna cotta – love the pistachios on top.

  31. Kris Ngoei says:

    Happy settling down in your new place! This panacotta is definitely a sweet and memorable treat!

  32. Von says:

    Have fun settling into your new place!! These look so cute! And delicious too =D And I love these photos =)

  33. Ananda says:

    Stunning pic Anh and awesome panna cotta loving it!

  34. Pavithra says:

    Stunning pictures Anh.. First time here and i am totally impressed seeing ur photography.. excellent. Panna cotta is my fav and the pictures are making me drool like anything. Will be back again.

  35. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager says:

    I understand the pain of moving – cooking feels like camping. Hope everything gets settled soon!

  36. Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! says:

    I actually don't like yogurt, but it is growing on me. I also do love a panna cotta so would probably not decline if this happened to appear in front of me 😉

  37. Agnes says:

    Aww, that is so cute. I love those little jars!

  38. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed says:

    Anh, this is just darling. The perfect dessert for a dinner party with girlfriends that I am planning. Thank you!

  39. Betty says:

    this sounds (and looks) delicious! i have never tried pannacotta before but it seems SO easy to make, thanks for sharing the recipe :O)

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