Park Kitchen

422 NW 8th Street


Scott Dolich, chef

Lemon Tarragon Panna Cotta with Pear Caramel | Serves 4

Total time: 65 minutes


Panna Cotta

¾ cup heavy cream

¾ cup whole milk

¼ cup granulated sugar

Zest of one half lemon

1¼ teaspoons unflavored gelatin (half a ¼-ounce packet)

¼ cup lightly packed fresh tarragon leaves (¼ ounce)

Pear Caramel

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

6 tablespoons heavy cream

2 tablespoons pear brandy

Caramelized Pears

4 firm Bartlett pears

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


For panna cotta

Lightly wipe eight 2-ounce size ceramic or metal soufflé cups with vegetable oil. In a medium saucepan, heat cream, milk, sugar and lemon zest just to a simmer. Meanwhile, soften gelatin in 2 tablespoons cold water. Remove milk mixture from heat and stir in gelatin and tarragon. Let stand 5 minutes. Strain mixture through a wire mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove tarragon leaves. Pour into prepared cups and refrigerate until firm, at least 8 hours.

For caramel

In a small heavy saucepan (1-quart size) heat sugar, cream of tartar and 1 tablespoon water until sugar is a deep amber color, stirring periodically with a fork or swirling to cook evenly. Immediately remove from heat and slowly pour cream down side of saucepan. The caramel will bubble up and clump. Stir until caramel is smooth. Stir in brandy. Cool, then refrigerate until thickened.

For pears

Peel, core and cut pears into ¼-inch thick wedges. Combine pears, sugar and butter in a wide skillet. Cook and stir gently over medium heat until pears are lightly caramelized and tender, about 8 minutes. Spread on a platter to cool.

To serve

Drizzle about 1 tablespoon caramel sauce on each dessert plate. Briefly dip panna cotta cups in warm water. Run the tip of a wet knife around edge of cups and invert onto prepared dessert plates. Divide pear slices between servings. Serve immediately.

Scott Dolich
Chef, Park Kitchen | + posts