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Tofu Honey Panna Cotta with Blood Orange and Pistachios

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Why I Love This Recipe

This recipe was created by Chef Lee Anne Wong for House Foods America. Tofu adds a rich creamy texture without the fat to this classic Italian dessert.

Ingredients You'll Need

Panna Cotta Ingredients

1 block House Foods soft tofu
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup soy milk, room temperature
Pinch of salt
Zest of ½ blood orange, peeled into 1-inch wide strips with a vegetable peeler
2 pieces blood orange
Fresh mint and tarragon, fine chiffonade

Blood Orange Gastrique Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1/4 piece vanilla pod, seeds scraped
1 cup blood orange juice, freshly squeezed

Candied Pistachios Ingredients

1 cup shelled raw pistachio nuts
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup Demerara sugar


Panna Cotta Directions

1. Stir the powdered gelatin and sugar together. Place the soy milk in a small bowl and whisk in the sugar and gelatin, adding in a thin stream. Allow the gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes.

2. In a blender, combine the soft tofu, honey, and a pinch of salt. Blend on high until smooth. Add in the gelatin soy milk mixture and blend again until homogenous.

3. Transfer the tofu mixture to a saucepan. Bring the tofu to a simmer while stirring constantly, but not to a boil, just until the mixture begins to bubble. Whisk once more and remove from the heat. Pour the tofu into 4 ounce ramekins lightly coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.

4. While the panna cotta is chilling, bring a small pot of water to a boil and blanch the strips of blood orange zest for 15 seconds, then strain. Repeat this process twice more, boiling a fresh pot of water each time. Run the zests under cold water, and pat dry with a paper towel. Julienne the strips finely crosswise into ½-inch long strands. Set aside to add into the gastrique.

5. Cut off the tops and bottoms of the blood oranges to expose the pulp and then stand it on one end. Cut away the peel with your knife, following the curve of the fruit. Working over a bowl, gently cut the filets of orange out, slicing between the pith/membranes, being sure to remove seeds. Squeeze any excess juice from the core into a separate bowl, using the extra juice towards the blood orange gastrique.

6. Make the gastrique and pistachios according to recipes below. To serve, gently run a knife along the inside edge of the ramekin and invert the ramekin onto a plate. Spoon a few tablespoons of syrup onto each panna cotta and top with a several orange filets, candied pistachios, and julienned herbs for garnish.

Blood Orange Gastrique Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil. Cook the syrup over medium-high heat until it has reduced by 70% and has a syrupy consistency. Remove from the pan and stir in the blanched zest. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.

Candied Pistachios Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, water, salt, and granulated sugar until smooth. Toss the pistachios and Demerara sugar in the honey mixture, stirring well to coat.

2. Spread the nut mixture onto a parchment lined sheet tray in a single layer and bake until the nuts are golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Allow the nuts to cool to room temperature and then break into small pieces. Store in an airtight container until needed.

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