I have a rubbish memory. I really do. I’ve watched the same film three times and only when someone tells me that I’ve already seen it do I realise. People talk to me about conversations we allegedly had just a few days ago and all I can do is stare blankly back at them as they reassure me that I did agree to go to the boring stamp exhibition. The reason I bring this up is because I ate Heston’s Lemon and Earl Grey Panna Cotta about four weeks ago and have only just got round to writing about it. What follows is my brain’s best attempt at recapturing the moment I ingested the creamy goodness. So please take everything I say with a pinch of salt (I’m sure you usually do) and accept that if I say “it tasted grainy with only a hint of lemon” I could quite easily be confusing the panna cotta with an angel delight I ate in the late 90s. So without further ado, here comes the blog…
The panna cottas come in the usual Heston black packaging there are two of them in little plastic pots and sat in the middle is a pot of lemon crumble balls. They look nice enough. I took out a spoon and plunged it in, the panna cotta was thick and creamy. It wasn’t your usual wobbly, set, gelatinous creation and I doubt if I’d tipped it out onto a plate that it would have held its shape. Instead it was more like a lemon posset. I like lemon possets but it’s a bit weird getting one when I was promised a panna cotta.
Once again Heston let me down by promising me Earl Grey and not delivering. It was hot cross bun gate all over again. Try as I might to get a hint of bergamot I could not, it was lemon all the way.
Looking at the picture I can see there was a layer of lemon curd on the bottom. I have no recollection of eating that, but I’m sure it was good. Bad memory aside I think I would have remembered the lemon curd if it was disgusting, which brings me neatly onto the lemon crumble.
The lemon crumble came in the form of little biscuity balls, these are a good idea in theory as a bit of crunchy texture should be a great contrast to the panna cottas. The problem is they tasted horrid. They were a weird texture, a bit like chewy chalk if you can imagine such a thing. They were very sweet and had a fake almost medicinal flavour to them, so if you decide to buy these panna cottas I’d forego the crumble and just smash up some digestives to go on top for all your textural needs.
In conclusion, the panna cottas taste nice if you like lemon possets and don’t care about Earl Grey in an Earl Grey flavoured product. If you want a different texture provide your own, and if you want a trustworthy source to tell you if these are any good or not, look elsewhere.
Heston from Waitrose Lemon and Earl Grey Panna Cottas £3.99 for 2
Somewhere between 1 and 10/10