Tuesdays With Dorie – Vanilla Mango Panna Cotta

Tuesdays With Dorie_ Vanilla Mango Panna

About two weeks ago, before The Illness ran rampant in our home, I was preparing for our Dorie challenge for this week. As I perused the recipe (not remembering if I had made anything with mango in it before), I asked my husband “Do you like mango?”

I paused, waiting for a response, and then in true married-for-12-years fashion, we both quoted at the same time, “You can’t have-a de Mango!”, and devolved into hysterical laughter.

Mango

Such is the Mango.

In an unsurprising turn of events, I’ve never made Panna Cotta. The great thing about working through Baking Chez Moi, is that I am forced into making non-baked goods. I love anything that comes out of a bakery, but I must admit that I have narrowed my dessert focus in mostly avoiding non-baked goods. Except for Tiramisu and Crème Brûlée. And Mousse. Before I married my husband and really started cooking, I had the taste buds of a teething baby. Or an anorexic ballet dancer (true story). You choose. I’d say I’ve come a long way, not just in my relationship with food, but also in my flavor palate. Wow. How did we get there?

This is probably the most uncomplicated (now unlike this post) dessert I’ve made of late, which is ok because, as I stated earlier, we’re all recovering here in our house. This also gave me the perfect opportunity to break out some pretty vintage dessert glasses I’ve had stored away for years, waiting for just the right opportunity to use them. If you look closely you can see that they are iridescent. Yes, I am a hoarder of pretty serving dishes and  utensils.

Side note: I’ve worked with gelatin before when making Milk Bar cakes, but never heated it up. Has anyone else noticed how warm, plain, liquefied gelatin smells like a wet dog?

I used one full mango, but I might double that next time. I also have some really fantastic Passion Fruit Puree in the freezer that I might use in stead of the Mango next time. It has a much brighter, more acidic flavor than mango, which I think I prefer. It’s a lovely dessert though, and it’s so easy to put together, and has such an elegant presentation for your guests — they will think you spent all day on it if you serve it at the end of a dinner party. Plus, no matter what fruit you use, its flavors are really nice and light. I could easily see using fresh raspberries, or other brightly flavored in-season fruit if you wanted to shake things up a little. I also used Vanilla Bean paste as usual — I love seeing all of those lovely vanilla seeds lining the border between the panna cotta and mango. As for me, I thought that this was a fancy version of a Haribo candy. Vanilla cream gummy on one side, fruity flavor on the other. Yum! Would this be my go-to? Probably not, but it was still delicious none-the-less, and is definitely a good change of pace desert.

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23 Responses to Tuesdays With Dorie – Vanilla Mango Panna Cotta

  1. Cakelaw says:

    Sorry to hear that you have been unwell – hope you are feeling much better. Passionfruit would also be good in this yummy dessert

  2. First of all, I’m glad you’re feeling better!
    And Wow, Wow, Wow! Iridescent vintage glasses house this amazing dessert! I can imagine how sweet and fragrant the mango + vanilla bean paste combination are! Bravissima…Another lovely dessert!
    Sending you all my very best,
    *Lia

  3. thebusyoven says:

    I like your idea of using passion fruit as an alternative to mangoes! Also, thanks for reminding me of Chris Kattan’s Mango sketches! I completely forgot about those!

  4. I love your glasses. I noticed the smell of the gelatin, but I just chalked it up to how gelatin is made!

  5. Zosia says:

    Very pretty. I think this would be fantastic with passion fruit.

  6. So many variations with fruits, so little time. The passion fruit idea especially speaks to me. I like your panna cotta in those good-looking glasses.

  7. Lovely glasses! Yes, I do agree, it would be even better with passion fruit! I got to try that the next time!

  8. nana says:

    This was a delight, so refreshing. Yours look absolutely great in those lovely glasses.

  9. Hope everyone is feeling better! And yay, vintage glasses! Your dish looks great! (Also, I love that Mango quote! Perfect choice of pic.)

  10. to make these, I picked up a set of 6 vintage glasses-much to my husbands disbelief; he reminded me of all the stuff I still have in boxes from our move last year. however, one can never have too many pretty vintage glasses. glad you are feeling better!

  11. Tricia S says:

    You had me chuckling throughout this post (except for the illness part – glad everyone is better !) from that hilarious photo to your analogy to the wet dog smell for gelatin. LOL. Lovely results, lovely glasses and so fun to see folks trying new things. That’s what it’s all about. That and using our stash of dinnerware/dessert glasses…..

  12. Teresa says:

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! This is such a beautiful dish and perfect for breaking out the good dessert glasses.

  13. Diane Zwang says:

    Your posts are always entertaining. I had to google the quote because I didn’t get it even with the picture. SNL right? I think passion fruit would work lovely in this dessert.

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