Mikey and I spent it eating delivery pizza and watching House of Cards because we were feelin’ super fancy. We missed Valentine’s Day together last year because I was home in Florida helping with my sister, but in the previous years I’ve made fairly elaborate meals.
This year though, we took it easy and it was wonderful. I did, however, whip up these delectable little panna cottas for something special. Panna cotta is one of the easiest desserts in the world, but still totally elegant. You literally stir some milk and cream together with sugar and gelatin, maybe throw in a vanilla bean, refrigerate, and TADA! you made an awesome impressive dessert!
I added in a vanilla bean, and topped it with a chocolate cookie crumble for a little texture. Plus, everything is better with chocolate 🙂 I used the cookies from my Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches which turned out to be perfect!
I really enjoyed the silky creamy panna cotta against the tart and sweet blood orange syrup, though I found that it was also super tasty with just blood orange segments (though, both was definitely my favorite).
Pour the milk into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over top and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together the cream, vanilla bean, sugar, and salt.
Heat the saucepan over medium-low, and stir the milk until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir in the cream mixture, and stir for about 7 minutes until the sugar in dissolved, and mixture is warmed but not boiling.
Carefully pour the mixture into individual serving dishes, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, or overnight.
for the blood orange syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice and sugar. Heat over low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Allow to cool to room temperature.
Spoon the syrup over the panna cottas. Top with the orange segments and some cookie crumble.