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Classic Panna Cotta

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Classic Panna Cotta is a delightful light and creamy Italian dessert. Panna cotta, in Italian means “cooked cream” and is served chilled and can be easily prepared and enjoyed at home.  Panna cotta can be made in advance and it’s even more delicious when you serve it with fresh ripe berries on top.

Classic panna cotta is a very inexpensive dessert that came from a simple idea and turned into a huge success!  An idea to cook some cream with sugar and gelatin, then chill it to get a white pudding-like texture.

Then over the years many restaurants and chefs adapted this dessert into pretty molds and served panna cotta with fresh berries or melted chocolate on top to make it elegant and more impressive.  Later, this brilliant idea became a widely popular dessert.


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What is so fabulous about panna cotta is that you can easily make it in your kitchen and for a fraction of what you would pay in a restaurant,  and you don’t need any cooking skills or training to make this.

An exquisite dessert with its smooth creamy texture, Classic Panna Cotta is one dessert you will want to make it again and again, without a doubt.  It is irresistible!

If you never had one before, we highly recommend you try this recipe. With only 4 ingredients and  5 minutes to cook the mixture, is all it takes to make this dreamy dessert.

This recipes makes 6 small servings.


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Here, I decided to chill mine in 4-ounce cordial glasses ( you can also use 4-ounce ramekins).  Then just before I served them, I topped each one with a spoonful of freshly chopped strawberries and a fresh mint leaf, as garnish.

It makes a beautiful presentation, perfect to serve at dinner parties.  Best of all, the cost to make panna cotta is pretty cheap too; about five dollars to make it at home.

Delicious little treat, this classic panna cotta is one you can enjoy making all year long.  So go ahead and splurge on this amazing little dessert and enjoy!!




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Classic Panna Cotta
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
Classic Panna Cotta is a delightful creamy dessert. Panna cotta. Sweet and delicious, it is served chilled and can be easily made at home and enjoyed all year long!
  • 2 cups half and half ( I used Land O' Lakes )
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin Knox( about 1 tablespoon)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 6 freshly chopped strawberries- divided
  • fresh mint leaves, as garnish
  1. In a small sauce saucepan, pour in water and sprinkle the gelatin powder over water and let it stand for about 1 minute to soften.
  2. Heat the gelatin mixture over low heat until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat.
  3. In a medium size saucepan, bring the half and half, cream and sugar to a low boil over moderately heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in the gelatin mixture and vanilla extract. Divide cream into 8 small ramekins or 6 medium ramekins. Allow the cream mixture to cool to room temperature before chilling.
  5. If you plan to divide cream mixture into small glasses, as I did here. Allow the cream to cool to room temperature before dividing. Then divide cream into eight ½-cup (4-ounce) cordial glasses.
  6. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving, or overnight.
  7. Before you serve, top each one with a spoonful of freshly chopped strawberries and garnish each with a fresh mint leaf. Serve them chilled.
  8. Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Recipe adapted from

Also, try our Dairy-Free Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta.  It too is amazingly creamy and tastes like our favorite Good Humor Toasted Almond Bars. 

No Bake Dairy-free Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta


Thanks for stopping by!

xo Anna and Liz


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  • Reply
    June 29, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Looks perfect with fresh summer berries!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      June 29, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Hey! Thank you Susan! Try it with strawberry sauce or even with blueberry sauce too! Panna cotta is one of our favorite desserts! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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