Football Influenced

My Hay Panna Cotta & Apricots is a tribute recipe to yesterday´s game of the FIFA EURO. Germany was battling against Italy. Writing these lines while both teams are having the break right now (0:0) clearly means I have to hurry a bit. As usual there is no limit when it comes to cooking. Because here both, the flavors of hay panna cotta and apricots are rather supportive, than different.

My Panna Cotta

Again we have a classic here with the panna cotta. This dolce can not be missing on almost every Italian restaurant´s menu. The panna cotta is a keeper recipe for a lot of amateur chefs too. So I thought to give it my twist and mixing up a few cultures again. Where the hay stands for a German summer and the panna cotta as Italy´s signature dessert. While you enjoy it, you will definitely get the flavors of country life and a sweet summer breeze. Experience rich hay flavor with sour and fresh apricots…the ideal finish for your next summer gathering.

To be honest  I have to get back to the game now and keep my fingers crossed for the German team. Once you read these lines one of them will be in the semi finals. The others have to go home. May we have a pleasant game and a lovely Sunday to all of you.

Hay Panna Cotta & Apricots

For 3 persons

Panna Cotta

300 g Cream
100 ml Milk
40 g Sugar
5 g Organic Hay (1handful)
3 pc Gelatin
Salt to flavor

Toast the hay at 190°C until it takes color. Now heat it up in a pot with the cream, milk and sugar. Remove from the heat and leave it to flavor for 30 min. Then soak the gelatin in cold water for 10 min. and squeeze it afterwards. Strain the hay stock through a sieve, flavor it with salt and warm it up again to melt the gelatin in it. Pour the stock in bowls and put them in the fridge for 2 hours.


3 Apricots
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Butter
1 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
50 ml Apricot Juice
Peel of ½ Organic Lemon
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt to flavor

For the apricots, wash them, remove the seeds and dice it. Warm up a pan to caramelize the sugar, and deglaze with the butter. Add the sunflower seeds to caramelize them. Now add the apricots, juice and peel and toss them a little. Remove from heat until serving.


Arrange the apricots on the chilled panna cotta.


Heu Panna Cotta & Aprikosen

Für 3 Personen

Panna Cotta

300 g Sahne
100 ml Milch
40 g Zucker
5 g Bio Heu (ca. 1Hand voll)
3 Bl. Gelatine
Salz nach belieben

Das Heu bei 190°C rösten, bis es Farbe bekommt. Nun in einem Topf mit der Sahne, Milch und Zucker erhitzen. Vom Herd nehmen und 30 min. ziehen lassen. Dann die Gelatine 10 Min. in kaltem Wasser einweichen und anschließend auspressen. Die Heusahne durch ein Sieb abseihen, mit Salz abschmecken und wieder erwärmen, damit die Gelatine darin schmilzt. Die Brühe in Schüsseln füllen und für 2 Stunden in den Kühlschrank stellen.


3 Aprikosen
1 EL Zucker
1 TL Butter
1 EL Sonnenblumenkerne
50 ml Aprikosensaft
abgeriebene Schale von ½ Bio-Zitrone
1 EL Zitronensaft
Salz nach belieben

Die Aprikosen waschen, entkernen und in Würfel schneiden. Eine Pfanne erhitzen, um den Zucker zu karamellisieren, und mit der Butter ablöschen. Die Sonnenblumenkerne hinzufügen, um sie zu karamellisieren. Nun die Aprikosen, den Saft und die Schale dazugeben und ein wenig schwenken. Bis zum Servieren vom Herd nehmen.


Die Aprikosen auf der Panna Cotta anrichten.