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

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 45 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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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

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 

Directions

Special equipment:
Equipment for panna cotta: 6 (4-ounce) custard cups, lightly buttered Equipment for tuiles: 2 silicone baking mats 2 baking sheets which fit mats A thin offset spatula
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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