A Delightfully Creamy Panna Cotta Recipe

Full of unforgettable textures and notes of vanilla, our panna cotta recipe takes you on a creamy Italian adventure of the culinary kind.

Published On Jan 05, 2024 | Updated On Mar 06, 2024


Hello again, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into the delightful world of desserts with a classic Italian treat that is sure to make your taste buds dance – Panna Cotta. This velvety, creamy dessert is not only a feast for the senses but also surprisingly simple to whip up in your own kitchen. So, let's don our aprons and embark on a journey to create the perfect Panna Cotta that will leave you craving for more.

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Before we get started, let's gather our culinary companions for this delightful endeavor:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
2 1/4 teaspoons gelatin powder
3 tablespoons cold water

In a small bowl, combine the gelatin powder and cold water. Allow it to bloom for about 5 minutes until it becomes soft and spongy.

In a saucepan, gently heat the heavy cream, whole milk, and sugar over medium heat. If you're using a vanilla bean, split it in half lengthwise, scrape the seeds, and add both the seeds and the pod to the mixture. If using vanilla extract, add it after removing the mixture from heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves.

Once the cream mixture is warm (but not boiling), remove it from the heat. Discard the vanilla pod if you used one. Add the bloomed gelatin to the mixture, stirring until completely dissolved.

Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pouring jug to ensure a smooth texture. Then, evenly distribute the liquid among your chosen molds or serving glasses.

Place the molds or glasses in the refrigerator and let the Panna Cotta set for at least 4 hours or, preferably, overnight. This step allows the gelatin to work its magic and create that delightful, wobbly texture.

Once set, carefully unmold the Panna Cotta onto serving plates or simply serve them in the glasses. Garnish with fresh berries, a drizzle of honey, or a sprinkle of cocoa powder for that extra touch of decadence.

And there you have it – a heavenly Panna Cotta ready to enchant your taste buds! Whether you're hosting a dinner party or treating yourself to a luxurious dessert, this recipe is a surefire way to add a touch of elegance to any occasion. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative with the presentation, and indulge in the irresistible goodness of homemade Panna Cotta. Your culinary journey awaits!

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