• Place eight 4- to 6-ounce ramekins or 6-ounce custard cups in a shallow baking pan; set aside.

  • In a small bowl sprinkle gelatin over the water. Do not stir. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan stir together the whipping cream, sugar, vanilla bean and vanilla seeds, if using. Heat over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Add gelatin mixture; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Remove and discard vanilla bean. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla, if using. Pour into ramekins. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours or until set.

  • To serve, top with fresh berries and mint sprigs.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; 17 g total fat; 64 mg cholesterol; 82 mg sodium. 32 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein;