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Panna Cotta Recipe (VIDEO)

This homemade Panna Cotta looks and tastes like a fancy dessert, but is quick and easy to make. I’ve included instructions on serving them either in cups or unmolded from a ramekin.
The fresh berry sauce comes together in minutes and makes every creamy spoonful perfectly sweet and tangy. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is.
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We love these mini desserts for parties! Some of our favorites include Mini Cheesecakes, Creme Brulee, Eton Mess, and Pavlova. They are all so elegant and surprisingly simple to make.
Panna Cotta RecipeAfter ordering Panna Cotta for dessert at a restaurant in Portland Oregon (a major foodie scene), I was in love and was determined to recreate it. At the restaurant, one serving was $8, but you can make 6 to 8 for that same price and I prefer this homemade version with the fresh berry sauce even more.
The best part is that Panna Cotta only takes about 20 min to make before refrigerating. While it is usually removed from the ramekin it is shaped in, I usually take the less fussy route and serve it in wine glasses, or repurpose those glass yogurt cups for a larger gathering (think: baby shower, bridal shower, church potluck, etc.).
Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce Video
Watch Natasha make this Panna Cotta. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a dessert that looks and tastes like it came straight from a fancy restaurant. It’s the perfect finale for any meal.
What is Panna Cotta?Panna Cotta is a classic Italian jello/pudding-like dessert that translates to “cooked cream” in English. This creamy custard-like dessert is made by simmering together cream, milk, sugar, and gelatin. After being mixed with sour cream and flavored with vanilla, the mixture is poured into molds and chilled until set. It has an incredibly smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture like nothing else you’ve tasted.
Ingredients The key to making great Panna Cotta is the perfect balance of the creamy yet firm texture. For the recipe to set properly, be sure to use the ingredients listed and avoid low-fat or fat-free substitutions.
  • Heavy whipping cream – provides a rich, creamy base
  • Milk – using whole milk adds a lighter texture to the cream mixture
  • Sour cream – contributes a tangy flavor profile to the recipe. This is our secret ingredient and once you try it, you won’t want it any other way.
  • Unflavored Gelatin – acts as a setting agent, giving the Panna Cotta its firm yet delicate structure. We use Knox brand unflavored original.
  • Sugar – adds sweetness and texture to help stabilize the ingredients
  • Vanilla – use real vanilla extract to infuse the cream with aromatic flavor
  • Salt – enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, providing balance and contrast, and amplifies the sweet and rich flavors Topping VariationsPanna Cotta can be served with various toppings to add both flavor and beauty to this elegant dessert. Its simplicity and versatility have made Panna Cotta a beloved dessert around the world. We love the vibrant red berry sauce because it ends up in every spoonful, but you can also top it with:

    • Fresh fruit (berries, sliced cherries, peaches, mango)
    • Caramel Sauce
    • Chocolate Ganache or chocolate shavings
    • Citrus zest (lemon, lime, orange)
    • Nuts (sliced almonds, chopped hazelnuts, or pecans)
    • Cookie crumbles (Oreos, ginger snaps, or almond biscotti)
    The possibilities are endless, and each time you make it is an opportunity to switch it up and fall in love all over again.
    Pro Tip: Avoid using pineapple as a topping, as the natural enzyme bromelain found in it can hinder the gelatin from properly setting.
    How to Make Panna Cotta
  • Prepare Gelatin – In a medium saucepan, add the milk and sprinkle the gelatin powder over the top. Let stand, away from heat, for 3-5 min until gelatin is softened. Set the pan over medium-low heat and whisk until gelatin dissolves (about 4-5 min – do not boil).
  • Mix – Pour heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and salt into the gelatin mixture. Continue stirring until sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture is steaming (do not boil). Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Combine and Chill – Add sour cream to a medium bowl with a pouring lip. Whisking constantly, slowly add warm cream. Once the mixture is completely smooth, strain through a sieve if desired, then quickly divide the mixture between 8 ramekins or glassware. Refrigerate until fully set (4 to 6 hours).
  • Serve – Once the flan has set, serve in ramekins or see our tips below to unmold. Spoon our berry sauce over the top and garnish with a mint or basil leaf, or add toppings of choice. Pro Tip:To ensure a smooth and velvety texture in the finished dessert, strain the mixture through a fine sieve before pouring it into molds to remove air bubbles, lumps, or undissolved particles (vanilla seeds, undissolved gelatin, etc.). This step is optional but using a fine strainer helps to achieve a flawless finish.

  • How to Make the Berry Sauce
  • In a small saucepan, combine half of the fresh strawberries and raspberries, lemon juice, and sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook until syrupy.
  • Stir in the remaining fresh berries and remove from heat. Cool to room temperature, then spoon the mixture over the chilled Panna Cottas.How to Turn Out Panna CottaThe biggest difference between pudding and Panna Cotta is that Panna Cotta maintains its shape, thanks to the addition of gelatin. While you can serve it directly in the glass or ramekin, consider elegantly turning it out onto a serving dish for a stunning presentation.

  • If you would like to un-mold your Panna Cotta onto a serving dish, follow these steps to avoid cracking:
  • Dip ramekins in a small bowl of hot water for 5-10 seconds, making sure not to allow water into the panna cotta dish. Quickly wipe the bottom of the ramekin.
  • Run a knife around the edge of the ramekin to release the Panna Cotta from the dish.
  • Invert the ramekin over a dessert plate, tap the side of the ramekin, and lift the dish away from the set Panna Cotta. Pro Tip: Don’t cheat the chilling time. Patience is key when it comes to chilling Panna Cotta. Rushing the process may result in an unset gelatin, and the dessert may not retain its shape when unmolding.

  • Make-AheadPanna Cotta can be made several days in advance so it is perfect for entertaining!
  • To Refrigerate: Tightly cover with plastic wrap for up to 3 days. Add the berry sauce or garnish just before serving.
  • Freezing: Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the creamy texture and consistency. Make this Panna Cotta for someone you love. The incredible flavor and texture are a memorable treat!

  • More Easy Dessert RecipesIf you love this quick and easy Panna Cotta recipe, then you won’t want to miss these other easy dessert recipes. These tasty, simple-to-make, crowd-pleasers would be great for your next party!
    • Rice Krispie Treats
    • Blueberry Scones
    • Lemon Bars
    • Fudgy Brownies
    • Banana Pudding