Classic Panna Cotta is a delightful light and creamy, white custard Italian dessert, served chilled. Panna cotta, which means “cooked cream” can be easily prepared and enjoyed at home. This is a classic, budget-friendly, make-ahead dessert and traditionally served with fresh 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.
Made with only 5 ingredients, this panna cotta is not only a sensational and simple dessert but one you will enjoy making often!
Ingredients Needed (your shopping list):
Half and Half ( I used Land O’ Lakes )
an envelope of unflavored gelatin Knox
optional: fresh mint leaves, as a garnish
What is so fabulous about classic 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 a few ingredients and 5 minutes to cook the mixture, is all it takes to make this dreamy dessert.
This recipe makes 6 small servings.
Best of all, the cost to make panna cotta is inexpensive too; about five dollars to make it at home.
Classic Panna Cotta can be adapted and served into pretty molds with fresh berries or melted chocolate on top.
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 a garnish.
It makes a beautiful elegant presentation, perfect to serve at dinner parties.
A 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!!
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.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
- 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)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 6 freshly chopped strawberries- divided
- fresh mint leaves, as a garnish
- In a small sauce saucepan, pour in water and sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water and let it stand for about 1 minute to soften.
- Heat the gelatin mixture over low heat until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat.
- In a medium-size saucepan, bring the half and half, cream, and sugar to a low boil over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the gelatin mixture and vanilla extract. Divide the cream into 8 small ramekins or 6 medium ramekins. Allow the cream mixture to cool to room temperature before chilling.
- If you plan to divide the cream mixture into small glasses, as I did here. Allow the cream to cool to room temperature before dividing it. Then divide the cream into eight 1/2-cup (4-ounce) cordial glasses.
- Chill for at least 4 hours before serving, or overnight.
- Before you serve, top each one with a spoonful of freshly chopped strawberries and garnish each with a fresh mint leaf. Serve them chilled.
- Yields: 6 to 8 servings
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