Ice Wine Panna Cotta
1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract 1⁄2 vanilla bean
1⁄4 cup ice wine
Pour cold water into a small heatproof bowl. Sprinkle gelatin powder over water. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 15 minutes. In a small skillet, bring 1⁄2 cup of water to a simmer and place bowl with gelatin in simmering water. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove bowl from water.
Combine cream and sugar in a heavy medium saucepan. Carefully split the 1⁄2 vanilla bean pod lengthwise with a paring knife and scrape seeds out from the pod with the back of the blade. Put seeds and pod into saucepan. Stir cream mixture over medium heat just until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and remove vanilla bean pod. Add vanilla extract and gelatin and stir well to blend. Add ice wine and stir well to blend. Divide mixture into desired vessels such as Chinese tasting spoons, or wineglasses. Garnish with fresh berries or preserves.