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Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta

I love a good Panna Cotta and have made several variations on the theme. I’ve wanted to try Meyer Lemon’s from the first time I heard about them. The thought that a combination of lemon and Mandarin Orange flavors intrigued me so when I saw them at my local produce market I bought a bag to try. I used my favorite yogurt panna cotta recipe with some adjustments.

You will need:

Whipping Cream – 2 cups
Plain Yogurt – 1 2/3 cups
Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp.
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Meyer Lemon Zest – approx. 1/4 cup
Unflavored Gelatin 2 tsps – a 1 1/4 oz. envelope.

In a small bowl or cup containing 1/4 cup of cream sprinkle the gelatin and let stand until it is combined and soft. In a 1 or 2 quart pan add the balance of the cream, the Meyer Lemon zest and sugar and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once the cream mixture comes up to temperature remove from heat and add the gelatin mixture and stir to combine making sure that all of the gelatin is dissolved. Pour cream mixture into a non reactive bowl and stir in the yogurt and vanilla stirring to combine.

You have several options on how to serve this delicious dessert. I used ramekins for part of the mixture and a martini glass as shown in the picture above. You can use the juice for Meyer Lemon Vinigrette and the pulp for Meyer Lemon Marmalade. Enjoy!

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