Panna Cotta with Pears

A light, sweet treat that gives you a good dose of calcium.


INGREDIENT LIST Custard 2 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin

Topping 2 medium ripe pears, such as Bartlett or Bosc, peeled, cored and diced (or unsweetened canned pears, diced) 1 tablespoon sugar Mint sprigs for garnish

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Chill time: 2 hours In a medium saucepan, heat milk, sugar and vanilla until just simmering; immediately remove from heat. Sprinkle gelatin over milk mixture, then whisk gently until gelatin is dissolved, about 1 minute.

Pour into 4 dessert cups or molds. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until set. (For a faster setting time, custards can be placed in the freezer for 45 minutes instead.)

After the custards have chilled, toss the pears with the remaining tablespoon of sugar and spoon an equal amount over each custard. Garnish with mint and serve immediately.

Nutritional information per serving (1 cup): 172 calories, 23% fat (4 g), 64% carbohydrate, 13% protein, 2 g fiber, .3 mg iron, 155 mg calcium, 13 mcg folate.