Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Candied Mandarines

So here I go (again!) with more desserts in little mason jars. You guys must be starting to think I'm obsessed! Well maayyybe I am, just a little bit 🙂

Can you blame me though? They're just so cute. And, just like I had said in the post about Halloween Chocolate Mousse a few weeks ago, (sorry for being so repeat-y,) they also: 1. Store very well, so you can make them ahead of time. 2. Transport easily, so you can take them to a party. 3. Are always the perfect amount of dessert after you've stuffed yourself with dinner.

Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Candied Mandarines

These orange blossom panna cotta are also so super yummy. I'm not usually a fan of flower water desserts (that whole rose water thing just makes me feel like I'm eating perfume. ugh) but for some reason orange blossom water works for my taste buds. Have you tried it before? I definitely think you should.

If you've read this far and are thinking, “what the ___ is orange blossom water?” don't worry, you're not alone. The handsome man of mine, who devoured nearly all of these in about .289 milliseconds, asked me the same thing.

It is really just what the name says it is:  water flavoured with orange blossoms. You'll find it in bottles in well stocked markets or middle eastern grocery stores. When I bought mine (ages ago), it was only a few dollars for the bottle.

If you can't find any I would try substituting a little orange extract, although you won't get the subtle flavour of the orange blossoms you will at least get some orange flavour. I haven't actually tried this recipe with orange extract though so if you go that route you'll have to experiment with how many drops you'll need. 🙂

Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Candied Mandarines

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Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Candied Mandarines

Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Candied Mandarines

This beautiful panna cotta is scented with orange blossom water and topped with easy to make candied mandarins. You will love it!

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Ingredients

Panna Cotta

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons gelatin
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ – 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, based on your taste

Candied Mandarin Oranges

  • 4 mini mandarin oranges
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Instructions 

Panna Cotta

  • Pour the milk into a small pot and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Let it sit for 2 minutes, or until the gelatin grains start to swell or “bloom.”
    1 ½ cups whole milk, 3 teaspoons gelatin
  • Stir in the sugar and heat gently over low heat until the sugar and gelatin have completely dissolved. DO NOT BOIL.
    ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the heavy cream and orange blossom water. Start by adding ¾ teaspoon of the orange blossom water and increase it if you would like the flavor to be stronger. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until cool to the touch.
    1 ½ cups heavy cream, ¾ – 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • Once cool, whisk the panna cotta once more and then pour into little mason jars, cups or whatever cute little jars you plan on serving it in. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

Candied Mandarin Oranges

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash the mini mandarin oranges well (do not remove the peel). Cut off the ends and then slice into 3 circles. Cut each circle in half and add to a small bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and toss gently to coat.
    4 mini mandarin oranges, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. You want them to still be chewy and not completely dried out.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely. Serve on top of panna cotta.
Serving: 1 serving = ½ cup, Calories: 324kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 210mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 1319IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 128mg, Iron: 1mg
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