First, foremost and let’s just get this out of the way, while this dish looked promising, and was actually quite pretty, IT WAS DISGUSTING. I can not believe I spent the amount of time I did making this hideous dish. I love pepper and I’ve always been intrigued by pepper icecream, but pink peppercorns, I have found out, are not really pepper! They’re like a pink rosehip, which is not pepper! It doesn’t smell like pepper or taste like pepper. But, I found this pink peppercorn pannecotta pudding like recipe and thought, “hey this looks interesting.” I made a delicious sugared strawberry sauce with it and then a not so delicious grapefruit sauce (ok, call a spade a spade, it was gross). Lastly, I thought adding some cool little homemade gummies to the pudding would be something the kids would like, so I made pink lemonade gummies, which were surprisingly good.
So, results… husband took a bite, then two, then pursed his lips and stared at me. I can only think he wanted to know if I was going to make him eat more. My daughter took a bite, stared at me and since she’s not shy, she said, “you’ve got to be kidding me.” She loved the strawberry sauce and ate the gummies. Me? I took a bite, liked the consistency and the strawberry sauce, but the taste was really bad, the aftertaste even worse. The grapefruit sauce was really bad too – picture acidic, sort of “fruit turning as well” and laced with honey. Ugh.
I’m NOT giving the pannecotta recipe, nor the grapefruit because they were not good. The strawberry sauce was just crushed strawberries, sugar and a splash of oj. The gummies, well, they were good and you can make them homemade, so I’ll give you that recipe! Enjoy at your own will!
Pink Peppercorn Pannecotta with Grapefruit Sauce and Lemonade Gummies
- 1 -3 oz box of flavored gelatin (we used cherry, I also made a batch with grape)
- 1/3 cup pink lemonade (or water preferably)
- 2 – 1/4 oz packages of unflavored gelatin
- candy molds (we used two candy molds - I used shell ones we use for chocolate)
Place 1/3 cup water (or in this case, I used the pink lemonade) in a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the flavored Jello and unflavored gelatin over the water. Let sit 5 – 10 minutes.
Place sauce pan over medium heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved, about 2-5 minutes. It gets thick and gooey. When mixture is liquid and all gelatin has dissolved, remove from heat. Let cool a minute and then pour into a container that is easy to pour from. We just used a spoon to lap it up.
Allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes. They may be placed in a refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Peel the gummi candy out of the molds. It's tough, so don't be scared, grab and pull, it won't hurt them. Enjoy!