Panna Cotta

The Best Panna Cotta Recipe

This dessert is sure to delight! It's indulgent textures, festive colors and rich flavors make it a hit for entertaining. Bonus: You can make it ahead of time! 

Ingredients

Panna Cotta

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 1 1⁄4 cups plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar

Berry Sauce Topping

  • 2 cups berries divided
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

Directions

Panna Cotta

  1. Pour water into small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over water. Let stand until softened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk 1 cup cream and yogurt in a bowl to blend; set aside.
  3. Into small saucepan, add 1 cup cream and sugar. Halve the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrapping out the seeds with a knife. Add seeds and pod to the sauce pan mixture. Heat mixture over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves and cream comes to simmer. Add gelatin mixture, wisking to dissolve gelatin.
  4. Remove from the heat and discard pod. Mix the hot cream-gelatin mixture into yogurt mixture. Divide mixture among six dessert cups or wine glasses.
  5. Refrigerate desserts uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Berry Sauce Topping

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup berries, 1/2 tbsp of water and 3 Tbsp sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook 4-5 min or until syrupy.
  2. Stir in remaining 1 cup of fresh berries and remove from heat. When syrup is at room temp or just barely warm, spoon it over the top of chilled panna cottas. Berry sauce can be made 2 days in advance.

Cooking Tips

  • Plan to make the Panna Cotta the day before serving. It’s a great dessert for entertaining.
  • Try different toppings. Salted Caramel, seasonal fruit, and chocolate syrup are all great options.

Recipe provided courtesy of Lauren Lane and Midwest Dairy.