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Panna cotta is a simple, eggless Italian custard that can be flavored countless ways. In this version, buttermilk adds a silky texture and tangy flavor. Just bloom gelatin in cream, then heat the mixture with sugar and vanilla seeds. Strain, stir in the buttermilk, pour into ramekins, and chill. Serve this creamy dessert topped with fresh berries or over a pool of Raspberry Coulis.
Special equipment: You’ll need a pastry brush and 6 (6-ounce) ramekins for this recipe.
Game plan: This dessert can be made up to 1 day in advance.
Nestle the empty vanilla bean pod from this recipe in a jar of granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar—it’s great for sweetening whipped cream or your morning coffee.