Valentimes Mixed Berry Panna Cotta RecipesteemCreated with Sketch.

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Before you say it, no, I didn't commit a typo when I wrote Valentimes. And no, I'm not an idiot, as Urban Dictionary would lead you to believe. I write it that way, because I'm not a big adherent to tradition. For me, it's not a particularly special tradition because I feel that love should be celebrated every day. I just use it to poke fun at the festivities and consider it a time to just let loose and be unabashedly ironic.

I won't hold you up much longer, since I know that you didn't come here to bask in the glory of my writing. To start off, I would just like to apologize to my thousands of loyal readers who were expecting to read expertly crafted fiction. I've taken a short break to showcase my equally amazing cooking ability. The second part of the sixth chapter of my universally-acclaimed masterpiece would be published tomorrow instead. Please do try to contain your excitement, as I feel that all of you will be constantly hitting the refresh button in order to be the first to comment on my magnum opus. Don't be afraid that your comment would be lost in a sea of fanfare, I would try my best to reply to the millions of feedback that it would undoubtedly receive. Based on the historical data though, I would task my team with segregating the comments into digestible bites, because there are only so few minutes in a day.

While it would seem like this dish has the capacity to cure cancer and solve world hunger, I would just like to reiterate that it doesn't. Don't be discouraged if you don't get this perfectly on your first, second or third tries. We can't all be five-star chefs. So, without further ado...

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For Cake Base

200g Oven Toaster Chocolate Cake Mix
1 medium egg
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup water

For Panna Cotta

2 cups evaporated milk
20g plain, unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
2 cups plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract

For Very Berry Sauce

1 cup Berry Juic
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey

I have a confession to make. For those who don't know me, I'm not really sure if it's obvious or not, but my true personality is the complete opposite as the one I displayed earlier. It's exhausting, and yes, I'm caving in this early. I've been 62 rep for 10 posts now so I decided on a change of pace. Now, let's get cooking!

In-(lightning)struc(k)-tions

First things first, I would just like to get it out of the way that I'm a pragmatist and I don't have an oven. What I do have is an innovative mind and an oven toaster. With that being said, combining both of those, I came up with this as a cake base:

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Pour in the mixture into a bowl, and make a well in the middle. Whisk in the half cup of water, and when it's absorbed by the powder, mix in the oil, crack the egg and put it it. Hum a Michael Jackson classic and mix everything carefully. Whisk to no peaks and be careful to not over-beat it.

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Once you're done, pour it in your mold and spread it evenly.

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Cover it with aluminum foul and pop it in the oven toaster at medium heat for 10 minutes, turn it and put it back for another 10 minutes. Use a toothpick to see if it's cooked all the way through after.

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Notice that you've poured in too much of the mixture, and your base has now expanded into a full-fledged cake. It could get very frustrating, and the smell of the chocolate is just so inviting. Pop it out of the mold and eat it.

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Since you have some left over, try again, but this time make the batter thinner than before to account for expansion. Ideally, your base should just cover 1/3 the depth of the mold.

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Hopefully, you've achieved the ideal height before your supply runs out. Pat yourself in the back because your base is done! Now, enjoy the discarded cake before you move on to the panna cotta.

To start off, pour 1 cup evaporated milk into a small bowl, then sprinkle 20g of gelatin powder over the top. I chose to use evaporated milk instead of whole milk or heavy cream because... I can.

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It should cover the milk. Let it soften for 5 minutes, then stir until the gelatin is dissolved. You can listen to @verbal-d's latest sick beat while you're stirring, to get into the mood.

In a pan, mix the remaining milk with the sugar and honey. You can use granulated sugar if you don't want the panna cotta to have a brownish hue. If you don't mind the color, I prefer using brown sugar because of the health benefits and the taste. Bring to a simmer over medium-heat. Remember to never stop stirring so that it won't coagulate or congeal.

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Once it's all mixed together, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the gelatin mixture.

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Transfer to a bowl, and fold in the yogurt and vanilla extract. You can use greek yogurt as a substitute. My lack of resources have led me to use these ingredients. I just tried to make do with everything at my disposal.

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If you're not into that yogurt-y sour taste, you can decrease the yogurt to one cup, and add vanilla extract based on your taste.

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Once you're done, pour the mixture into the mold, on top of the cake base. Now, that I think about it, if you just want panna cotta, you can consider the cake base as optional.

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Now, you're ready to add in the final, secret, ingredient to complete the dish ... Sprinkle in some love, and you're good to go! Refrigerate it for at least three hours, and it's already good enough to eat. But, for those picky eaters, here's a Very Berry Sauce recipe for ya!

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I don't have the luxury of berries in a backyard garden or even its canned cousins, but I do have access to berry juice. Ugh. Time to get creative!

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Whip the berry juice and cornstarch together in a sauce pan, and cook on medium heat until the sauce reaches a boil. Initially, I wanted to use raspberries, but I had trouble finding one, so I settled for super berries. Would've been much cooler if the sauce was red to have that heart color sheesh. Be careful not to create oobleck. Although, is it such a bad thing if you come up with that?

Simmer for 5 minutes on low heat, then remove it. Add in vanilla extract or honey to enhance the flavor.

Pour it over the panna cotta once you're ready to serve, and thank me later. My only wish is that this dish would result to you making sweet sweet love with your significant other right after.

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Iron (Fe) Chef, at your service (Please excuse the faded insignia)

Results

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As for me, @randomli was successfully surprised and seemed like she enjoyed the dessert. She's the pastry/dessert chef of our duo and a very picky eater, so having her seal of approval is recognition enough. And yes, I did... get a high five for all my effort.

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Yin and Yang!

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Sauce in every bite! (Because it'll overflow if put directly on the panna cotta)

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Before and After

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Deep in contemplation

I hope you don't chastise the pictures and the instructions. This was meant to purely have fun, and not be taken too seriously like the other eyegasmic food porn posts here on Steemit. I do cook, but I'm not a huge dessert guy. Shoutout to @meesterboom for inspiring me to create a food post like this!

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Now it's time to drop the whisk

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That looks sooo good! I'm glad you got the 'seal of approval' from her!
Hope you both had a great Valentine's Day!

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We did! I gave her a bouquet of french fries, ate at a swanky semi-hidden restaurant and had this for dessert. I was surprised that this tasted great haha! Before I refrigerated it, it tasted so yogurt-y, but, to my relief, everything turned out well :D

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You definitely know how to sweep a girl off her feet!
Interesting the yogurt-y taste lessened from cooling it, glad it worked though!

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Haha! Yeah! I just pulled up a chair, and she curled into a ball. Her feet didn't touch the floor for a couple of minutes :D

Not gonna lie, that really made me nervous. I had some leftover which I tasted after 3 hours of refrigeration and the yogurt taste really overpowered the vanilla. 24 hours really does wonders for the consistency and the taste. Or, maybe the cake influenced it haha!

Splendid looking thing and a very funny post to boot! Cake'ing and dropping that mic like a boss. It certainly looked very popular! :O)

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I couldn't hold a candle to your series of posts (not that I tried), but one does not simply surpass the master, er, meester... boom! I just thought it would be a fun tribute while I was making it. I'm always entertained by your recipe posts, so I figured a tribute would be fitting. As soon as I dropped the whisk, I picked it up and washed it off haha I thought it would be a funny addition-pics of me dishwashing-but I didn't have the capacity to be in two places at once >.<

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Well thank you very much man!

I think you did a good job of candle holding! Seriously, it was a fun post to read and I think that goes down quite well here and it looked tasty too, added bonus!!

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This is one of the times where smell-o-vision (or in this case, taste-o-vision) is highly warranted. One might argue that all food posts warrant that technological breakthrough!

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Yes, it shouldn't be long now... We can smell-o-vision these things from the comfort of our flying car ;0)

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Then once we order using our minds, we can pull food right from the screen :o

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Lol'ing at your last comment :0)

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And, that is why we do it -- for the LOLs :D

That looks AMAZING!! The trail that I'm a part of got to this post before I did, so I had to unvote just so I could re upvote at a hundred percent LOL. I think my voting with the trail is set somewhere around 15 to 20 percent. And guess what? When I unvoted the money didn't change but when I reupvoted it went up by a penny woot! Hahaha!
But seriously that looks delicious, I am definitely going to make that with my daughter. She's the bake of the family :)
So you got a 'high five' for your effort? Is that code for a passionate kiss? LOL. You two are so cute!!

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Woot! Glad to see that your votes make an impact now, my friend. Do make it! The instructions I've written is really just a two-step process, so it's very easy replicate. I'm sure it's going to be a fun bonding experience for you two :D

I'm afraid that a "high five" is strictly just that :( But, I'm looking at the long game, and I know that every high five would eventually lead to something bigger in the future :D Thanks for the compliment, I'll make sure she sees it!

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Thank you for the compliment! It was a very crisp high five though. Solid sound, and its vibrations resonated well with the good vibes from our date :/

Great food post! Keep up the good work

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Thanks for the compliment! Such a huge honor coming from a prolific food blogger here :D

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You are very welcome, thank you in return

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Looking forward to more awesome food posts by you!

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I hope to not disappoint

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I already left a comment on your recent post. I'm sure you won't disappoint!

It was such a great surprise indeed! The panna cotta was so creamy and tasty, it really blended well with the chocolate cake. I'm not that big of a fan of the sauce on it, but I think I can find different uses for it paired with other dishes. I kept laughing as I was reading the post, I didn't know you were going to write it this way! All this time, I thought you were writing a serious recipe post :/

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But... But... I thought you liked all of it :(

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I did.. When there were still something left :/

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You didn't even finish the sauce >.<

It does look pretty delicious bro, I would tear that whole dish up in a matter of minutes. Keep it far away if you don't want to share haha Upvoted, and thanks a lot for the shout out reference to my post! So glad to bring you nice beats for your baking sessions. What a compliment!

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Shout out well deserved, brother! Good thing the recepient's a slow eater. The panna cotta's life was extended even if for a couple more hours haha!

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Yeah, that panna cotta would have lasted maybe a mere few minutes with me. And yes, thanks again for the shoutout, it is definitely appreciated.

You won seventy steem today! You are on a roll with the winnings lately, woo hoo, that's awesome. I saw merej99 had a drunk post and then i saw your name 'in lights' YAY!

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YES! The pressure is on to keep it alive! I've just commented that I'm on a little roll, I'm happy that someone else acknowledged it as well :D I hope that our greeting it doesn't stop the luck from flowing in :S Thanks for letting me know, my friend! Good vibes all around :D