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Buttermilk Mastic Panna Cotta

Buttermilk Mastic Panna Cotta

I know I have posted a panna cotta recipe before but once I tasted the combination of tangy buttermilk, mild honey, fragrant mastic and the delicate vanilla beans, I knew I had to post this version too. It took a little convincing though, I must have mentioned this before, my husband is the photographer of the blog, so, when I asked him to take the pictures of the panna cotta, he told me it would look like duplicate post but once he tasted it, he had to agree with me.

Most panna cotta recipes use a combination of milk and cream and some use only cream, and that to be honest while it tastes delicious and has the most amazing texture, it’s a little too heavy for my taste, buttermilk on the other hand gives it a similar rich texture without being too heavy.

  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tsp agar agar powder or 3 tbsp agar agar flakes
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • ½ tsp mastic, crushed to a powder
  • 1/3-1/2 cup honey
  • 2½ cups buttermilk
  • Pomegranate seeds (about 1/3 cup)

Heat the milk, the seeds of half a vanilla bean and fine agar agar over high heat mixing with a spatula for about 2 minutes, make sure the agar has completely dissolved, off the heat, add the honey and let it cool to room temperature. Stir in the buttermilk and pour the mixture into the serving cups, bowls or ramekins.

Refrigerate until set or ready to serve, decorate with pomegranate seeds.


9 comments to Buttermilk Mastic Panna Cotta

  • İçinde şeker ve krema olmadığı için severek yapacağım bir tarif, ellerine sağlık Megi’ciğim.

  • Megi, This looks beautiful! I LOVE the idea of using buttermilk….I am glad you posted the recipe:). I would love to try it.

  • I can never have too many panna cotta recipes and this one with honey really intrigues me. Thanks for sharing.

  • LindenTea

    Tesekkurler Asli. :)
    Ellie, buttermilk makes it so rich, yet you know it’s so light. :)
    Thank you for your comment Sara, I am drooling over your espresso pear panna cotta recipe right now.

  • This looks so delicious. Love the combination of buttermilk and honey. never heard of mastic though. Will now go and google it.

  • LindenTea

    Anja, thank you for the comment, for me mastic is what brings this simple dessert to the top but I am sure it would still taste good without it.

  • Megi that looks beautiful and it sounds so easy. I have never made Panna Cotta but it looks pretty simple.

    Tell your hubby his photos are amazing!

  • Emmanuelle

    Hello, this recipe looks very intriguing, what is mastic exactly? I couldn’t find any translation in French.
    Thanks, I am looking forward trying it!

  • LindenTea

    Hi Emmanuelle, thank you for your comment, mastic is the resin of the mastic tree, it’s very fragrant and goes especially well with dairy desserts. You can find it in most middle Eastern stores, online or in specialty spice stores. I hope you give it a try, if you do, please let me know how it turns out. Thank you.

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