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Strawberry Balsamic Buttermilk Panna Cotta

[Photographs: Lauren Weisenthal]

This panna cotta is light and creamy, with a great tang from the buttermilk and just slightly sweet. It's my go-to recipe when I want a simple dessert to serve to dinner guests because everyone loves it, and I don't want to spend half the night in the kitchen pulling it together.

The flavor and texture of this panna cotta is made for pairing with fruit (think yogurt but sweeter, lighter, and more fancy). I prefer macerated berries, cherries, peaches, and plums in the summertime, or cooked compotes of spiced apple or pear in the winter months. If you go with strawberries, I recommend adding a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar for a really special treat.

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