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Vanilla-Orange Panna Cotta

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  • Difficulty: easy
  • Video Length: 10:11
  • Course: Just Desserts WTF?

Panna Cotta is another simple classic. Translated from Italian, "panna cotta" literally means "cooked cream." It's just that - simply simmer cream and sugar together, then mix with gelatin and cool until set. This is a subtle dessert, so you'll be using much less sugar. An infusion of vanilla is another great addition. When you add the orange, you'll infuse with whole strips of zest rather than grated zest. That way you can remove it later, preserving the creamy texture. This is also why it's important to strain your mixture through a sieve.

Dale Levitski (Season 3)

Chicago native Dale has been a chef for six years, with plans underway to open his own restaurant. Whether he's cooking four-star meals, diving, or doing gymnastics, Dale's competitive edge is undeniable. He has created something he calls "flavor math," where the right number of spices can bring the perfect flavor and taste. He uses French American cultural influences in his cooking, and is serious about putting his skills to the ultimate test. He loves the fact that the other contestants could be "out-cooked by a queer." Dale will say what everyone else is thinking.