Maple and Homemade Yogurt Panna Cotta with Poached Forelle Pears

I cannot believe that I am actually writing this post in between was seems to be early labor. Contractions have been happening on and off for the last few hours and when I visited my midwife this morning, she said this baby is well on her way. I never thought I would be blogging or tweeting through this (so unlike me), but the excitement is way stronger than I anticipated. I believe nature is wise and that my body was actually waiting for my parents to arrive to really get things going.

I made this panna cotta a couple of days before my parents actually arrived, but I knew I had to freeze some for them to taste. Poached fruit is one of my mom’s favorite desserts and I have fortunately inherited that from her. So simple and light.

It had been a while since I made homemade yogurt, but for some reason, I have been at it again lately. I’ve been using yogurt in almost everything and I love the touch of acidity that it adds to the panna cotta. It’s a beautiful contrast to the sweet and dark maple syrup.

So this is it for now. Short and sweet. Like I said before, now we just have to let life happen. I will be back shortly with news, more recipes and photos to share. Thank you very much!

Poached Forelle Pears

300 grams sugar
600 grams water
2 vanilla beans, split
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tbs fresh ginger
8 forelle pears, peeled

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Turn heat to low and poach the pears (they may not al fit at once) until tender, about 15 minutes.

Maple and Homemade Yogurt Panna Cotta

500 ml heavy cream
150 grams dark maple syrup
4 sheets of gelatin
250 ml homemade yogurt

Place the heavy cream and maple syrup in a small saucepan and bring to a light boil. In the meantime, soak the gelatin sheets in ice water until soft, about 5 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water from the gelatin and add it to the hot cream. Stir to dissolve.

Transfer the cream to a clean bowl and let it cool to body temperature. Add the yogurt and stir. Pour into containers and refrigerate until set.

Serve with the poached pears, maple syrup and some chopped pistachios.

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102 Responses to “Maple and Homemade Yogurt Panna Cotta with Poached Forelle Pears”

  1. just beautiful aran. I have all these extra pears left over from SS and Now I have a plan for them. you continue to amaze me – and with contractions. seriously? you are just incredible ! sending you so much love and good wishes and can’t wait to hear the happy news. xo. k.

  2. Inne says:

    That looks lovely Aran, I’m sure your parents enjoyed that.
    May your labour be straightforward, easy and smooth and I can’t wait to see pictures of the new addition to your family!

  3. Ahhhh! So exciting. Can’t wait to hear more.

  4. Sara says:

    cant wait to see pictures of your new lil love! I agree, yogurt is just so perfect, recipe looks excellent. best wishes to you!

  5. Cheri says:

    Yay! I wish you all the best with this beautiful new life that you are bringing into the world. What a lovely post. Perfect for such a momentous day. :)

  6. idu says:

    Ai ene Aran! Bidean dator ttikia! motxa eta lasaia izan dagizula etorrera, Musuak eta animoak!

  7. doran says:

    Gorgeous, as per usual. May your delivery be safe, short, and sweet!

  8. VeggieGirl says:


  9. Devona says:

    I always get enjoyment from your blog. As always a wonderful job.

  10. nadia says:

    Oh aran, truly beautiful moments(tears) this is such a beautiful post- I adore the pictures but these are amazing, pure and simple!!

    love to your pareants!

  11. nadia says:

    gosh i am so excited for you that it is clear i can not write( above comment) :)

  12. Wow, I hope that you’ll have a safe and enlightning delivery! that post is beautiful and so is that dessert!



  13. Alison says:

    Blessings, peace, and much love to you and your family and wishing you a blissful, safe delivery. Can’t wait to hear the news.

  14. icicle says:

    Lovely as usual.
    Have a safe and happy labor!

  15. Gloria says:

    Great recipe and great pics! Good luck!

  16. Oooh! early labor!!
    wishing you a smooth and easy ride welcoming the new babe into the world!!

  17. Pippa says:

    Oh Aran, all the best of luck, all blessings and light on you now. Be well!

  18. Caroline says:

    GOOD LUCK! Maybe the baby will be born tomorrow because tomorrow is my birthday and that would just be really exciting, but congratulations nonetheless!

  19. Aran, I can’t believe that you are blogging right now, as well, but can understand your excitement! :)

    Best of luck with everything. Like many of the bloggers that are regular readers of your fabulous blog, I know we are all excited for you, too!

  20. Thank you for sharing the miracles of pregnancy with us! This is a beautiful dessert. I wish you the best through this process!

  21. Linda says:

    what a beautiful post & your photography is always magical.
    good luck, buena suerte, bonne chance, zorte on…we look forward to sharing in your joy & viewing photographs! :)

  22. Julie says:

    Mais quel blog magnifique!! Merci pour cette très belle découverte. Julie

  23. Natasha says:

    Best wishes for a safe delivery of your precious little one.Natasha.

  24. Mélanie says:

    You have all our thoughts on this beautiful (and not so painfree…) moment. I can’t wait to see the pictures of your family with a new member!

  25. wow, best wishes for a quick and easy birth and happy health baby! Mine is bouncing around in utero with excitement for you (and for ces beaux dessert!) xoxo

  26. When you actually get the time to read this you will have that liitle baby in your arms! How exiting. I’m such a clucky sook – I got quite teary just reading about your impending birth. Mine are both at school and I am well past babies so you’d think I know better!!
    And so prepared with delicious things for your mum – how sweet are you!
    Best wishes – Irene x

  27. Best wishes and have a safe delivery!

  28. Aran,

    I can perfectly understand and feel the excitement of the arrival of a new life! Congrats on that and have a safe delivery!

    No worries about blogging in the meantime … I know you’ll be back with great, great recipes, wisdom and stories to share with us all. But what’s most important now is your own and the baby’s health!

    Take care … Will definitely miss you for a bit now.

    Cheers from Malaysia,

  29. Wendy says:

    God bless you at this most important time of your life! I found you from Nadia’s blog (laporterouge).

    I love your pics. The fruit and yoghurt look delicious!! Will check back later.

  30. oh aran! only you would post between contractions! i am so happy for you and cannot wait to see hear the meantime beautiful pears…

  31. So excited for you – and I’m oh-so-entertained that you’re blogging through it! Quite the hardcore blogger you are ;)

  32. Peter G says:

    Absolutely stunning Aran! Good luck with the birth and all the best!

  33. beautiful, beautiful pictures! that panna cotta looks delicious. and best wishes!

  34. shaz says:

    Good luck Aran! May labour be short, sweet and safe.

  35. Wini says:

    Oh wow, I just discovered your blog and its amazing. The photos are so beautiful and the food looks so delicious!! You are so dedicated to be writing a post during contractions. Good luck with your new baby and congrats! :)

  36. Kristin says:

    Lovely recipe and photos! Hope your delivery is short and sweet just like this post!

  37. AmyRuth says:

    beautiful photography I just love your voice and your photos. So lovely. I have been seeing the tiny sugar pears at the store lately and they are so sweet like sugar.
    congratulations on your new little life.

  38. Christy says:

    Have a safe delivery, Aran!! Things must be so exciting down your end! I can’t wait for your next post!! And say hi to the little darling for me.

  39. Y says:

    What a way to distract yourself :) Much love to you and your family! x

  40. Angela KL says:

    Aran, all the best.. have a speedy and safe delivery. We await the good news and photos.

  41. Anis says:

    I hope everything will be fine!!!

  42. Esther says:

    Keeping you in my thoughts and hoping you have a nice easy and uncomplicated delivery.

  43. Deeba PAB says:

    Beautiful post & what a way to immerse yourself in early labour Aran. You do make me smile. Good luck to you and your gorgeous family. xoxo see you on the other side!

  44. ainara says:

    ayyyy… que me me puesto nerviosa yo… bueno bueno… las dos bien no? mosu handi bat bionzat! a.

  45. Dajda says:

    Good luck for you and the baby, Aran! And thank you for the pears!

  46. J2Kfm says:

    what a beautiful post. good luck, and your baby will be a very lucky child to taste mum’s exquisite cooking, and savor the most delicious-looking food.

  47. skeptical says:

    Good luck…I am so happy for you. Blessings!

  48. linda says:

    How exciting! Good luck with your more serious contractions! So wonderful to have your parents near :)

  49. Congratulations on your new little girl Aran!! So happy for you! take care!

  50. anee says:

    BE safe, and all good wishes that i can send from this far away :).
    I can´t wait for the pictures of the little one, and i guess we have to read some baby food recipes in the future :).
    Take care!

  51. xirimiri says:

    A ze kasualitatea!!!!!16an nire urtebetetze eguna izan da eta!!!muxu haundi bat euskal herritik!!!

  52. fresh365 says:

    How exciting!! Glad you are keeping busy! Can’t wait to hear more.

  53. Asha @ FSK says:

    Wish you the best and a wonderful motherhood ahead :)))

  54. Seanna Lea says:


    I will have to try to make the yoghurt on the stovetop (probably storing in the oven overnight to culture). I just can’t stomach the idea of another kitchen appliance I never use.

  55. cindy* says:

    ohmygoodness aran! i can’t believe you posted this either. everything looks wonderful and congrats/happy wishes mama!

  56. paula says:

    I am thinking this would be divine any time.

  57. Anna says:

    I wish you are over the labor and resting with a healthy baby in your arms! All the very best!!!

  58. Congratulations in advance for a new addition in your family! Be safe!

    And thank your for the pears! It looks delicious!

  59. Thank you for the sweet recipe. I like fruits and this can be added to one of my favorites. Can’t wait to see many pictures and congrats for your baby!

  60. Goodness me what an amazing post!
    Fingers crossed all is well with you and Baby x

    Beautiful, beautiful photos, I have just made a pear cake which is gooey and moist but your pudding looks an awful lot kinder on the waistline!

    Sarah x

  61. Aran says:

    Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all your wishes and thoughts. Baby was born Monday afternoon about 4 hours after I posted this recipe. Isn’t that crazy? Labor went very well and we are loving the new addition to the family. The hard work begins now though!

    Thank you again and I will be back soon! xx Aran

  62. Claudia says:

    Congratulations for the baby girl! Toda felicidade do mundo para a pequena!


  63. Chco_lemon says:

    I waited for this post and I’m not disappointed!

  64. Daisy says:

    Yummy! Oh and I hope the new little one is healthy and well!

  65. su says:

    Zorionak Aran!! espero que todo vaya estupendamente.

  66. corine says:

    I heard through the grapevine… CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

  67. Karine says:

    All the best Aran, for a safe delivery and a beautiful healthy baby. Meilleurs vœux de bonheur et de santé à vous deux.

  68. Junglefrog says:

    What an exiting time Aran! I hope you have a good delivery!! In the meantime these poached pears look heavenly to me!

  69. Lauren says:

    Wow – yum! Best of luck =D.

  70. Lisa says:

    Thinking about you Aran at this really exciting time in your life! :)

  71. deliciosa receta, y refrescante, ademas si las recetas llevan fruta siempre me siento menos culpable a la hora de tomar postre.
    que te vaya todo muy muy bien, ya nos contaras! debes estar deseando ver su carita, muchos besos

  72. I love your site–what beautiful photos! And, by the way, good luck with your baby. He/she will be lucky to have a mother who makes delicious food like this!

  73. KMS says:

    congratulations on your new bundle of joy. 4 hours?! you are wonder woman in the flesh!

  74. Nirmala says:

    I cannot imagine doing this even in my wildest dreams! And I am sure u’e little one will wait until his/her grandparents arrive! Please do take care. I hope by this time the little on has arrived ;)

  75. I wish you all the joy in the world, Aran and all the hapiness for your new baby.
    Like always, beautiful delights and beautiful photos!

  76. Ohhh, this sounds divine! Maple is a personal favorite and panna-cotta is comfort dessert at its best. :-) Can’t wait to try this!

  77. Irene says:

    Good luck with everything, Aran! Best wishes for a happy and healthy baby. Can’t wait to see the photos!! :D

  78. ZORIONAK!!!
    Zorionak zuri, eta familia osoari kide berriagatik.
    Kristona zara Aran, musu haund haundi bat

  79. MARIA says:

    Sorte on, Aran, ongi etorri zure txikiari eta osasuna biontzat!!! laster arte eta muxuk, zure jarraitzaile garen partez!!

  80. CONGRATULATIONS, ARAN!!!! I’m so excited for you and your beautiful family. Great to hear that things went so well for both you and your baby. Can’t believe you were here posting recipes and notes. You really have the soul of a pastry chef! Best and warmest wishes to you as you are surrounded by family and friends and lots of love.

  81. Janet says:

    I sure by the time you read this post, you and the young one are back home resting. Hope everything went well. Congratulations!

  82. Just me says:

    is room for another comment?wow you are just amazing! keep doing it! have a nice weekend

  83. I like the idea of a Yogurt Panna Cotta. Never had that before. Sounds good.

  84. fairy_mi says:

    What can i say? As always your posts are like a work of art
    i can’t stop starring the amazing pictures
    You are really talented! No doubt

  85. Sabri says:

    Hi! Compliments for this blog.. I have a question, what photocamera are you using now? Thank you An italian fan :)

  86. I’ve never been terribly successful at desserts. Poaching things, even less so (poached eggs turn into some sort of straggly nightmare with me!)

    Shall no doubt give this one a blast though :)

  87. How lovely photos!! I can smell the beautiful aroma from the autumnal combo; pears with maple syrup. Regards from Tokyo :)

  88. veron says:

    Congrats again ARan! And such a lovely dessert to welcome your adorable little baby!

  89. Wise Lady says:

    Wonderful food and photo, congrat!

  90. Jeanne says:

    Hooray! Am so impressed–I had all sorts of plans to knit during labor (what was I thinking?). The fact that you can focus enough to write is amazing! Happy baby birthing!!

  91. I love homemade yogurt and panna cotta. I can imagine this melting in my mouth as I read about it!
    Congratulations on your little one. She is as delectable as your sweets.

  92. Tara Bethune-Leamen says:

    beautiful beautiful gluten free pears :)

  93. Me! says:

    All I can say is wow and congratulations.

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  98. Oh so yummy indeed!

    How’s your baby now? :-)

  99. Abigail says:

    JUST served this to my family with Louise Bonne pears and the reviews were unanimous: divine!

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