Saturday, April 18, 2015

Game of Thrones Inspired: Milk of the Poppy - Lemon Rose Panna Cotta

Game of Thrones Milk of the Poppy Panna Cotta

If you came here expecting for the anesthetic medical drink, I'm sorry to break it to you that I don't have the recipe.  I do, however, have another more delicious, non-lucid version for you to enjoy! I'll admit that when I first heard someone say Milk of the Poppy, I thought they said milk of the puppy.  Thankfully, it wasn't from the puppy.

After the premiere of season five Game of Thrones last week, I heard that the first four episodes of the season were actually leaked. Who would do such a thing!?  I decided not to overindulge and I'm going to watch each episode with my normal anxiety ridden week in between.  

So here is my version of Milk of the Poppy from Game of Thrones.  Milk of the poppy is a medical drink used to ease the pain of injuries.  This however, is a lemon rose poppy seed panna cotta.  It's so delicious and simple to make.

Game of Thrones Inspired: Milk of the Poppy - Lemon Rose Poppy Seed Panna Cotta

yield: 3-4         prep time: 15 minutes      total time: 1-2 hours
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 65g granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp powdered gelatin
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 - 1.5 tbsp of poppy seeds
  • zest of one large lemon
  • 1 tsp rose water, or to taste
  1. In a sauce pan, combine your heavy cream and sugar. Stir gently to prevent the sugar from burning on the bottom and heat on medium speed. Let it come to a simmer.
  2. In a bowl, add your water and powdered gelatin.  Stir to insure all your gelatin is properly hydrated. Let this bloom for a few minutes while your cream heats.
  3. Just as your cream starts to come to a simmer, add your poppy seeds, lemon zest, and rose water. Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Let this infuse for at least 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, your cream should still be hot enough to melt the gelatin but not too hot where it will break the chains in the gelatin.
  6. Pour the warm liquid into the bloomed gelatin and stir.  If it happens that your liquid has cooled, just place it back on the stove on VERY low heat and stir until your gelatin has dissolved.
  7. Let the pan cotta sit in room temp before molding it. Stir every once in a while to keep the poppy seeds suspended or else it will all just sink to the bottom if you cast it now.
  8. If you decided to unfold you panna cotta, lightly grease your molds with a little bit of oil.  Pour the panna cotta mixture in and let it set the rest of the way in the refrigerator. 
This is so delicious served with some fresh berries.  It's quite simple to make and a clever way to add Milk of the Poppy to your next Game of Thrones party. Enjoy!

Game of Thrones Milk of the Poppy Panna Cotta

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