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Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberries

[Photograph: Ben Fink]

This panna cotta recipe from The Seasonal Baker is simple; buttermilk and vanilla paste combine to provide an elegant tang. Placed atop orange zest-flavored sugar cookies, the crumbly-smooth contrast can't be beat.

Note: Vanilla paste is a viscous, concentrated vanilla flavoring made with the tiny black seeds of long, thin, black vanilla beans. In the home kitchen, I recommend the paste instead of the beans for most recipes because the paste is less expensive and more convenient, and it has a longer shelf life. Vanilla paste is available at specialty stores. Refrigerate for up to several months.

Reprinted with permission from The Seasonal Baker by John Barricelli. Copyright © 2012. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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