Kitchen Capers by David Banks

Kitchen Capers

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  1. Forgotten One

    Forgotten One said, over 1 year ago

    @David Banks
    David, I suggest you look up the cookbooks of Ritu Dalmia, an Italiophilic Indian chef/restauranteur who claims that she makes the best pana cotta. It’d be good to see the competition.

  2. Peam

    Peam said, over 1 year ago

    For those who can’t get double cream, try this:
    600ml whipping (30%) cream, 2*2gm sheets gelatin, 1 heaped tablespoon home-made vanilla sugar. Otherwise make as above. To stop the vanilla sinking to the bottom of the rakekins, chill the panna cotta in its saucepan very rapidly jn iced water to start the setting, and pour into very cold ramekins. Result is pretty creamy after 2-4 hours, nicely set (if that’s how you prefer – e.g. for unmolding), 24 hours later.

  3. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, over 1 year ago

    Can’t get sheet gelatin where I am, how many envelopes of gelatin would I need?

  4. David Banks

    David Banks GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    I think the best thing to do is work out how much gelatine of the type you have that you will need to set the volume in the recipe.

  5. Peam

    Peam said, over 1 year ago


    My powdered gelatin says 4gm (1 teaspoon) equals 1 × 2gm sheet. To use dissolve in water (or other liquid) then add to rest of preparation as before.

    Equally hard to dose are the various agar-agar preparations. I tend too just try them out on as small a quantity as the recipes can be reduced to.

    Most of the time the packaging will (should) give an indication of the weight of gelatin/agar to gel a litre of preparation, which is a good starting point, but different folks have different ideas of what constitutes a proper jelly consistency.
    Trail and error is really the only way.

  6. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, over 1 year ago

    Just to let you know, I made the parkin recipe and let it “ripen” as you suggested. It’s good, but extremely sweet, so I spread the slice with butter and heated in microwave and then it was delicious!!!

  7. David Banks

    David Banks GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Excellent! Glad to hear it:)

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