Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce (VIDEO)
Panna Cotta looks and tastes fancy but is quick and easy to make! The fresh berry sauce makes every creamy spoonful perfectly sweet and tangy.
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Panna Cotta Recipe:
I recreated this Panna Cotta after trying it in the Papa Haydn restaurant. It was love with the first spoonful, but my frugal self didn’t like paying $8/ serving. I could make 6 servings for that price tag at home! I actually like this homemade version more with the fresh berry sauce.
Good news! This Panna Cotta takes about 20 min to make before refrigeration. Easy, peasy!
What is Panna Cotta?
Panna Cotta is a creamy Italian jello/pudding like dessert. It has an incredibly smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture like nothing else. The name means “cooked cream.” It is often served in restaurants removed from it’s cup onto a plate, but we prefer it served in cups topped with berry sauce.
P.S. If you aren’t able to find the unflavored gelatin in the baking aisle of your grocery store, you probably weren’t looking hard enough (kidding). You can stock up on Amazon (affiliate link).
Is this a Make-Ahead Dessert?
YES! Panna Cotta can be made in advance so it is 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, etc.).
Add the berry sauce and garnish with basil if desired just before serving.
Toppings for Panna Cotta:
We love the berry sauce (strawberries, raspberries, lemon juice and a bit of sugar) because it ends up in every spoonful, but you can also top with:
- Fresh Berries
- Shaved Chocolate
- Whipped Cream
- Sliced stone fruit like peaches or cherries
- Diced Mangos
Watch How To Make Panna Cotta:
I hope you are excited to give this recipe a try! Be sure to report back and let me know how much you loved it.
Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce
Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert that looks and tastes fancy but is so quick and easy to make! The fresh berry sauce gives every creamy spoonful the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
Ingredients for Panna Cotta:
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin (1 packet Knox gelatin)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
Ingredients for Berry Sauce:
How to Make 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.
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Make this for someone you love. The flavor and texture are incredible and it’s a memorable treat!