Gloriously patriotic and delicious, these layered parfait-like desserts are made with panna cotta and red current gelatin, layered and topped with fresh berries.

Red, White, and Blues

Red, White, and Blues
 
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Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 pounds fresh red currants, stemmed
  • 3 Cups sugar
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 6 3/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 1/2 Cups whole milk
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh blueberries
  • 2 ounces fresh currants, on the stem
Instructions
  1. Make the currant gelatin: Put currants and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until currants are very soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes. Add to currant mixture; stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath, gently pressing out liquid with a spoon; discard solids. Remove from water bath, and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons currant gelatin into each of twelve 8- to 10-ounce glasses; set remaining currant gelatin aside. Refrigerate glasses until gelatin is completely set, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, make the panna cotta: Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
  5. Put milk, cream, and sugar into a medium saucepan; bring almost to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Add gelatin mixture, and stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath. Remove from water bath; let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set.
  6. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons panna cotta over currant gelatin in each glass; set remaining panna cotta aside. Refrigerate glasses until panna cotta is set, about 1 hour. Repeat with another layer of currant gelatin and panna cotta. If either mixture becomes too firm, set over a pot of simmering water until softened.
  7. To serve, top each parfait with blueberries and currants, dividing evenly.
Notes
This recipe yields 12 servings.
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