Green Tea Panna Cotta with Sweet Adzuki Sauce Cherry Blossom Jam and Tuiles

Total Time:
4 hr 45 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Panna Cotta:
  • 1/2 cup strong green tea, cold - preferably Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Flavored Green Tea
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin (1 envelope)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 pickled cherry blossoms
  • Equipment for panna cotta:
  • 6 (4-ounce) custard cups, lightly buttered
  • Sauce:
  • 1 (16-ounce) can adzuki beans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Spring roll tuiles:
  • 4 (8 1/2-inch) square or 10 (1/2-inch) square spring roll wrappers (rice wrappers), cut into fourths with a pizza cutter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Equipment for tuiles:
  • 2 silicone baking mats
  • 2 baking sheets which fit mats
  • A thin offset spatula
Directions

For the panna cotta, stir together the green tea and gelatin and set aside briefly. Combine milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in sugar. Heat to boiling and remove from heat. Add vanilla and gelatin/tea mixture and stir until sugar and gelatin are completely dissolved. Pour into the custard cups and refrigerate at least 4 hours until gelatin sets up completely.

Heat adzuki beans and sugar over medium heat stirring to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool and puree in a blender with canola oil. Strain into a bowl and set aside until needed.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 1 baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and lay rice wrapper squares on mat. Top with another silicone baking mat and a second baking sheet as a weight. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the baking sheet and top silicone mat and allow to further bake until brown, about 3 more minutes. Remove from mat with a thin spatula and allow to cool completely.

Sift powdered sugar over the tuiles. Spoon some sauce into the center of a dessert plate. Invert the custard from the mold into the center of the sauce. Slide 2 tuiles horizontally into the custard 1 on each side. Top custard with 1 cherry blossom. Serve with hot cherry blossom tea.


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