Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce (Video Recipe)
Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert that looks and tastes fancy but is truly easy to make! I recreated it after trying it on a food bloggers retreat in Oregon. I fell in love with panna cotta but my frugal self didn’t like paying $8/ serving. It’s very inexpensive to make at home! I actually like this version more; the fresh berry sauce adds a tang that hits every creamy spoonful. ?
Good news: before refrigeration, the panna cotta only takes about 20 min to make! That’s right y’all, there’s no typo there! It is easy peasy.
This is a make-ahead dessert perfect for entertaining! Serve it in wine glasses at your next dinner party, or in tiny shot glasses for a larger gathering (think: baby shower, bridal shower, church potluck…). Just add the berry sauce before serving.
One more thing, there’s a video. And you have to watch it and please let me know what you think of it. It’s part of our new video format and I think it’s my favorite video so far, except for the blooper reel of course. That one is hard to top ;).
Watch How To Make Panna Cotta Recipe:
This panna cotta has a secret ingredient; sour cream! I first tried sour cream panna cotta in Papa Haydn, a popular restaurant, in Portland and I knew I had to recreate it, so this recipe was born. I tested it over and over again to make sure it was perfect for you and I ate a lot of panna cotta this past month (poor me).
p.s. if you aren’t able to find the gelatin in stores, you probably weren’t looking hard enough. Ha ha ha (sorry). You can stock up on Amazon ;).
Here’s the print friendly for this Panna Cotta:
Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce
Ingredients for Panna Cotta:
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 packet 2 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
Ingredients for Berry Sauce:
- 2 cups berries divided (I used 1 cup raspberries and 1 cup quartered or halved strawberries)
- 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
How to Make Sour Cream Panna Cotta:
Off the heat, place 1 cup milk in a medium sauce pan and sprinkle the top with 1 packet gelatin. Let stand 3-5 min or until gelatin is softened. Place pan over medium/low heat and stir until gelatin dissolves and mixture is steaming, about 4-5 min (do not boil).
Add 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and a pinch of salt. Continue stirring about 5 min until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture is steaming (do not boil). Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
Place sour cream in a medium bowl with a pouring lip. Whisking constantly, gradually add warm cream. Once the mixture is completely smooth, divide it into 6 wine glasses or 8 ramekins. Refrigerate until fully set; 4 to 6 hours.
How to Make Berry Sauce:
In a small sauce pan, combine 1 cup berries, 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice and 3 Tbsp sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook 4-5 min or until syrupy.
Stir in remaining 1 cup of fresh berries and remove from heat. When syrup is at room temp or just barely warm, spoon it over the top of chilled panna cottas.
If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen
Now I wonder how this would work as a layered jello. I haven’t tried it, but it’s my idea so I call it, you hear me? Ok, please go on and try it so I don’t have to and let me know how it goes. I need a vacation…