This panna cotta, made with light cream, sugar, gelatin, and your favorite flavoring, is a classic, creamy Italian dessert, suitable for any special occasion.
The English translation of the term panna cotta is “cooked cream” and it really just doesn’t do justice to this creamy as sin, subtly flavored, lightly sweetened, melt-in-your-mouth classic Italian dessert.–Angie Zoobkoff
Making Panna Cotta Is Easier Than You May Think
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- 40 M
- 8 H
- Serves 8
Special Equipment: Eight small metal molds or ramekins
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What you Need to Know About How to Fancy Up your Panna Cotta
If you’d like to get a little adventurous with your panna cotta flavorings, we have a few suggestions of potential add-ins. If you choose to add flavoring, simply stir it in during step 4, once the two cream mixtures have been stirred together.
- • Grated zest of a lemon or lime
- • A shot of espresso
- • 3 tablespoons liqueur or brandy
- • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Recipe Testers Reviews
I couldn't stop eating this panna cotta. It's silky, a little sweet, creamy, and super easy to make.
I couldn’t find light cream at any grocery story in town so I used 2 cups heavy cream and 2 cups of 1/2 and 1/2. I also used powdered gelatin and regular granulated sugar. I added 2 teaspoons vanilla extract to the cream mixture.
I let them set overnight and they did come out intact. And now I cannot stop stealing bites of it. This panna cotta is so, so good.
Simple and delicious! This is a perfect recipe for an easy dessert that will impress your guests! I flavored my cream with strong coffee and served it topped with a mixtures of roasted cacao, toasted nuts, and shaved dark chocolate.
It took an hour to completely cool the cream. I then refrigerated it for 6 hours and they came out beautifully. The recipe made 10 servings.
I used individual nonstick ramekin molds and poured the mixture equally among 8 molds.
I used 3 sheets of gelatin. The recipe doesn’t say to presoak the gelatin in water to soften it and it felt strange putting unsoaked sheets straight into the cream. However, it still worked. I left the panna cotta overnight in the fridge to set.
After standing the molds in water for 5 seconds, the panna cotta generally came out cleanly. Sometimes I had to stand the mold for an additional 5 seconds if the dessert didn’t come out on the first attempt.
I got 8 good servings from the recipe. I did not try any of the flavorings suggested. The desserts were wonderful, lightly flavored with sugar, and just set with a wobble. They looked like crème caramel with the caramel on the top and around the edges.
I would definitely make this again and would recommend it to others.