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Benvenido Butterscotch Panna Cotta—addio mousse!




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March 2005

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Award-Winning Panna Cotta

Enjoy The Award Without Making The Trip


Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert: the literal translation is “cooked cream.” These creamy Italian puddings have become very popular in recent years, making mousse passé.  The basic recipe is made with cream, sugar, and gelatin. Unlike mousse, crème caramel, and crème brulée, panna cotta has no eggs. It’s less heavy at the end of a big dinner, while just as elegant and satisfying.

One of the most popular desserts at Chef David Burke’s acclaimed New York restaurant, Butterscotch Panna Cotta was singled out for high praise by restaurant reviewers, winning a “Best Dessert of 2004” award from New York magazine. Made with all-natural ingredients using the exact recipe served in the restaurant, this silky panna cotta with its butterscotch swirl is both comfort food and foodie find.

We must disclose, the product available by mail does not come in glass stemware as shown in these photographs. These are the restaurant version, and Chef Burke gets his glassware after the panna cotta has been consumed. You probably wouldn’t want to pay the upcharge to receive eight glass stems and the incremental packing they’d need to arrive unbroken. So, Chef Burke has done the next best thing: he found footed plastic bowls that allow the pretty swirl to show through while looking sufficiently presentable atop a lovely service plate, topped by a tiny macaroon or other cookie of your choice. With an introduction of “award-winning dessert”—not to mention how good the panna cotta tastes—your guests will appreciate that you’ve brought them the best.

Shipped frozen in individually sealed bowls, the panna cottas thaw for 12 hours in the refrigerator to achieve the consistency served at the restaurant; though some people enjoy them a bit on the frostier side and thaw them for a shorter time.

Whether for a special dinner for two or gourmet entertaining (or just for indulging yourself!), David Burke’s Butterscotch Panna Cotta is a great find for foodies who want to serve something special without investing any effort. You can treat your guests or loved ones to one of New York City’s Desserts of the Year without having to scramble for a reservation.

Now, if we can only convince all of our great chefs to put their best dishes online at our beck and call.  Perhaps an e-mail campaign?

* Keeps 12 months frozen, 10 days refrigerated.

Butterscotch Panna Cotta

  • Eight 4-Ounce Portions
    In 3-inch diameter cups
  • Shipping $12

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Orders are shipped Monday-Wednesday via UPS Second Day Air.  Orders placed Thursday-Sunday will be shipped the following Monday.

Prices and product availability subject to change.                     

David Burke Panna Cotta
This is the restaurant version: the mail-order version comes in plastic footed bowls and you supply your own cookie topping.