If you need an easy and delicious dessert to take to a holiday party, make this Panna Cotta. It only takes a few minutes to put together. Make it the night before you intend to serve it since the flavor improves as it sits.
Eggnog Panna Cotta
2 tablespoons cold water
1-3/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder
1-1/4 cups good quality prepared eggnog
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8-1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 drop rum emulsion or extract or more to taste
In a small bowl whisk together cold water and powdered gelatin. Let sit for 5 minutes. In a 2-quart saucepan whisk together eggnog, cream, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, nutmeg, and rum extract. Once the mixture is smooth, turn the heat to medium low and, whisking often, heat the mixture until hot and smoking but not boiling. It should take 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in gelatin mixture. Whisk until gelatin has melted. Pour into 3-cup serving bowl or individual ramekins. I use small 1/3-cup ramekins since it is a rich dessert. Chill uncovered for 4 hours, then cover with plastic wrap. Serves 8 if using small ramekins or 4 if using larger ones.