ZIngy and creamy posset
A posset is really a cooked cream dessert very popular in gastropubs and the best alliance to the iconic shortbread. For me, this is a marriage made in British heaven and one of my favourite dessert.
I made this last sunday for my niece Antonia to go with the fennel seeds shortbread I had brought for Christmas and I knew she liked… I was thrilled to discover it is such a quick and easy pudding to make and it is definitively going into my favourites’ repertoire. This recipe is from the wonderful Tangerine Dream Cafe in The Chelsea Physic Gardens where they serve incredibly creative and quirky dishes using lots of the plants and flowers available all around the kitchen. I am a particular fan of their Lavender scones and ginger bread for tea…
Ingredients list: Serves 6
For the Posset:
- Double cream, 500 ml
- Caster sugar, 125g
- Juice and finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons (I recommend Amalfi lemons still seasonal and so fragrant it’s untrue)
For the Shortbread:
- Butter, 250g
- Golden or caster sugar, 110g Plus for sprinkling
- Plain flour, 250g
- Fine semolina, 110g
- Crushed fennel seeds, 1 tsp
For the posset:
Place the cream and sugar in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 3 minutes.
(5 minutes at 80 in the Thermomix works well too)
Stir in the lemon juice and zest and leave to cool.
Pour into sundae cups or martini glasses and decorate with edible flowers : pansies or nasturtiums are soon in season! I also use dry edible flowers bought on a stall in Borough Market.
For the shortbread:
Beat the butter in a mixer until creamy then add the sugar, followed by the flour, semolina and crushed fennel seeds.
Mix until it forms a smooth dough then roll out onto a floured surface and cut out shapes.
Place on a baking parchment or silpat sheet on a rack and bake for up to one hour at 150º. Watch so the edges do not colour too much. The cookies need to be still a bit soft on coming out as they will harden when they cool and you want a crumbly and slightly chewy texture. Sprinkle with a bit of caster sugar before they cool down.
This is a fresh and delicious pudding, perfect for a spring lunch al fresco!
Perfect for Red Nose Day
The trouble with the British posset or the italian pannacotta is that they are full of cream and sometimes I want a pudding that is a little bit lighter than most. I have been experimenting with Agar Agar lately and – with a bit of trial and error- I managed to get some small successes!
This silky Agar pannacotta with orange blossom water is one of those: A fresh and creamy combination of almond milk, almond butter and orange blossom with the undertones of an oriental pudding ; recalling visions of elaborate flower’s water possets in overflowing banquets such as those described in The Arabian nights.
The story of Sharazad is my bedtime read at the moment and I am deeply enjoying plunging into a language as rich and expressive as a persian carpet…
The recipe itself come from a book on Agar recipes given to me by a kind friend and written by Cléa of Cleacuisine. Agar Agar has many health benefits and is a clever ingredient for anybody conscious of their waistline… I post this for the group of friends who came to cook with me yesterday and all enjoyed the taste of this dessert. Thanks for being so supportive and fun, I had a lovely time sharing tips and novel ingredients with you all!
- White almond butter (in health shops), 160g
- Agave syrup, 10 tsp
- Rice or almond milk, 400ml
- Agar Agar powder, 4 small teaspoonful or 4 g
- Orange blossom water, 2 Tbsp
- A few drops of bitter almond essence
Mix the almond butter and the agave syrup in a small bowl.
Heat the milk until just below boiling point,then dissolve the agar powder in it and let it simmer for 30 seconds.
Mix in the sweetened almond cream until melted. Add the orange blossom water and a few drops of bitter almond essence to enhance the almond fragrance. This is also the reason why I use almond milk if I can rather than rice milk.
Pour into 6 individual pots or jars. Let it cool and reserve in the fridge until serving time. It is not necessary to take them out of the pans but you can if you wish. For a friends dinner I would probably serve them with a fresh raspberry and passion fruit sauce but that would raise the sugar content and I am so pleased those little desserts are sugar and dairy free I would not want to compromise tonight!
They are heavenly virtuous and that is what I want right now…
Spoon in and have your private Sharazad moment…
View of Istanbul and its port
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Tagged agar agar, almond, dessert, gulten-free, light, macrobiotic, orange blossom water, pannacotta, posset, pudding, red nose day, sharazad, vegetarian