Warm milk, sesame seeds and cream together in saucepan. Add gelatin; heat and stir until dissolved. Chill over ice until cool. Divide and pour into 4 individual ramekins that have been sprayed and lightly sugared. Keep in refrigerator at least 3 hours until set.

Heat rum and cinnamon stick to boiling; remove cinnamon and flame to burn off alcohol. Add raisins and 1 cup sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved and liquid is syrupy. Cool. Cook dates in remaining 2 cups sugar and water until soft and liquid is syrupy.

To Serve

Unmold panna cotta onto 4 individual dessert plates; divide and spoon raisins and dates along with some of the rum syrup around and over each. Combine any remaining liquid from raisins and dates. Drizzle over panna cotta and, then, drizzle with condensed milk and serve.

Ingredients

Panna Cotta

  • 1 Cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons white sesame seeds, roasted and ground fine
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 2 packets (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin, softened in 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

Procedure

Raisins and Dates

  • 1 Cup dark rum
  • 1 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 Cup California raisins
  • 3 Cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 15 dried red dates
  • 1 Cup water
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 810 (Calories from Fat 27%); Total Fat 26 ( Saturated Fat 15; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 90; Sodium 75; Potassium 640; Total Carbohydrate 111; Dietary Fiber 7; Sugars 102; Protein 10; Calcium 154; Iron 2;

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Raisins are excellent food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.