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Blueberry recipe: Buttermilk panna cotta with blueberry compote

Top a rich panna cotta with a colorful, flavorful blueberry compote.

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Sadie Davis-Suskind, shown here with her traditional Hanukkah jelly donuts (click on photo to see recipe). (Photo by Rebecca Davis-Suskind)

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Washington Blueberry Compote

By Sadie Davis-Suskind

Large mixing bowl
Medium saucepan
4 small glasses or mason jars
Baking sheet


Panna cotta:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups buttermilk

Blueberry compote:
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen Washington blueberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Panna cotta:
1) First, in a large bowl filled with 1 tablespoon of warm water, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and allow it to soften for 5 minutes.
2) Then, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add sugar, cream and vanilla. Gently simmer the mixture until all the sugar has dissolved. Then pour contents into gelatin. Whisk well. Let this mixture cool for 8-10 minutes. Then whisk in your buttermilk making sure the liquid has cooled down to avoid curdling the buttermilk!)
3) Finally, pour this into 4 small glasses/mason jars (I like the way they look!). Place jars on a baking sheet and put this into your refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight to set the panna cotta

Compote (this will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days)
1) First: Into a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix blueberries, sugar, water and vanilla. Bring to a simmer. The berries will start to break down and as they do, you can mush them gently with a fork to help release their gorgeous juices.
2) Next: Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the berries are soft and the liquid in the pan has thickened. Remove from the heat and cool mixture to cool. You can add more sugar or a squeeze of lemon dependent upon taste.

Gently spoon compote over the set panna cotta. Garnish with a mint leaf or two, if desired.

Find many more blueberry recipes courtesy of the Washington Blueberry Commission.


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Sadie Davis-Suskind is a Seattle resident and former “Top Chef Junior” contestant.

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