Guys, ever since living in Italy back in 2012, my heart has been there. The people, the food, the language… In fact, my husband and I are set on moving back within the next few years, so much so that we encourage our kids to watch programs in Italian. Shh… they’re too young to realize how odd that is, and sit patiently enjoying “Paw Patrol” en Italiano.
In honor of Italy, I’m excited to have Susan with us today sharing a very basic, delicious panna cotta recipe you’re going to flip for!
Learn more about panna cotta and why it is very popular. Then try this simple panna cotta recipe.
What’s your favorite dessert? Are you the type of person who can’t leave the table without eating a slice or two of almond sour cream cake? Do you prefer something simpler like cake pops?
I can’t pinpoint a favorite dessert, but I got to say that panna cotta is right up there regarding taste and ease of preparation. In this post, I will teach you how to make a simple panna cotta topped with blueberries and strawberries.
What is panna cotta?
It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that you have likely seen panna cotta on a restaurant menu. It’s a simple dessert with an Italian heritage. The name is translated to “cooked cream.”
It may look like a typical pudding, but it is more than that. Panna cotta consists of sweetened cream texture set with gelatin. The latter is there not just to enhance the flavor but also for the cream to thicken sans the use of eggs or starches, unlike other custard types.
Panna cotta is arguably one of the most versatile desserts that you can come across with. You can serve it with chocolate or caramel sauce. You can also serve it with berries, just as what we will do in the recipe that I am about to share with you.
History of panna cotta
There is no written record to prove how panna cotta came about. One story cites that it was first created by a Hungarian lady in the early 1900s. The said lady was said to have come from the Langhe area in northern Italy.
There are also claims that a dictionary published in 1879 made mention of a dish that is very similar to panna cotta. Called latte inglese, the said dish was described as being made of cream cooked with gelatin and then molded.
Panna cotta became a hit in the United States starting in the 1990s when restaurants started serving them.
Why is panna cotta very popular?
I can think of several reasons why panna cotta has become a hit worldwide. Of course, one good reason is that it is so delicious.
Second, it is very quick and easy to prepare. For one, you would need a few ingredients that you would likely have in the pantry. As far as preparation is concerned, you only need less than an hour to come up with your own panna cotta.
Panna cotta is also a healthy dessert. One, its sugar level can be adjusted. Thus, even people with diabetes can enjoy it.
It can also be gluten free, which is another reason why this dessert is widely served. In fact, I always recommend panna cotta to my friends looking to expand their list of gluten-free dessert.
Finally, I have realized why panna cotta is very popular in restaurants. For one, the ingredients of this dessert are very cheap so making panna cotta is practical. Moreover, the dessert holds very well in the fridge.
You don’t even need to warm or torch it like creme brulee. Simply drizzle a sauce to garnish, and your panna cotta is good to go. As far as presentation is concerned, panna cotta looks very appetizing and beautiful. Wonder no more why you can see panna cotta in almost all restaurant menus.
- Panna Cotta
- 20.3 oz. (600 ml) heavy cream
- 9.7 oz. (275 grams) chopped white chocolate
- ⅓ cup caster sugar/
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- Boiling water (2-3 tablespoons)
- 8.8 oz. (250 grams) of Greek yogurt
- Almond wafers to serve
- 16 oz. (450 grams) mixed berries, frozen
- ¼ cup boiling water
- ⅓ cup caster sugar
- Mix the cream, sugar, chocolate, and vanilla in a pan placed over low heat. Stir for 5 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and hot. Set aside.
- In a heatproof jug, pour the boiling water. Sprinkle this over gelatin. With a fork, whisk the gelatin so that it would dissolve. Let it cool before adding the cream mixture. Stir to combine and let it cool.
- Add the yogurt to the cream mixture, whisk and then pour the mixture into eight cups. Cover the cups with plastic wrap then refrigerate until set.
- To prepare the berry compote, put the berries in a bowl. You will then add sugar and toss the berries to coat. Add the boiling water and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cover this and refrigerate.
- Top the panna cotta with the berry compote. You can serve this with almond wafers.
Panna cotta will be a hit no matter who your guests are. Whether the kids are looking for something sweet or it’s your colleagues wanting a gluten-free treat, this is the type of dessert that you can serve for them.
It’s me, Susan from Cook The Stone. I’m a crazy food lover, so does my family. I always love the family time that all members eat and share stories together. That’s why I spend most of my time at home to cook for my lovely ones and create a great family time. I’m just a home cook want to share my cooking experience with you. Hope my work can help you at some points. Happy cooking!
OMG, this look so delicious! I would love to serve this to my guest, heck I’ll love to serve it to my kids and hubby. I’m sure they would enjoy the White Chocolate Panna Cotta with berries. Can you visit me and make me some…lol? What an AWESOME Baker you are!
Gemille Sleweon says
This looks so delicious! I’m not too big on desserts, but before I went vegan I loved cheesecake. Baked and no-bake. Luckily, I’ve been able to find some good vegan cheesecake recipes that aren’t too bad.
Wow, Gemille, I’d love to know your favorite vegan cheesecake recipe. Could you send me a link? One of our close friends is vegan and coming to dinner next week. I have such a hard time coming up with flavorful dessert ideas.
Gemille Sleweon says
Hi! I absolutely love this strawberry lemonade vegan cheesecake http://wildsunflowerchef.com. Hopefully your friend enjoys this as much as I do. There are a lot of other delicious vegan a vegetarian recipes on this blog!
Wow, thank you so much, Gemille, for sharing the link to the cheesecake. I’m pretty sure I can find all these ingredients, even here in Costa Rica. Hugs!
You had me at white chocolate. So many desserts ignore my favorite white chocolate and this looks wonderful and delicious – so fresh and light for the summer.
Ali Rost says
I love Panna Cotta. In fact, for our first date, my husband took me to a fancy Italian restaurant. At the end of the meal, as I begged off the dessert menu, he said “I’ll order for us” You guesses it, Panna Cotta. It was the first time I’d had, or heard of it, and it always reminds me of that night. x
Ali, what a sweet story! I’m so happy to hear you’re a fan. My husband took me to a Peruvian place for our 1st date, and I still remember the amazing seafood I ate there. Ah, the memories we can make with food, right?!
This looks so delicious Jelli <3
Thank you for sharing this recipe. It was the star of family get together last Saturday. Everyone was raving how good it was. I love that its quick and easy to prepare. You are amazing!
Wow, so happy you all loved the recipe! That’s high praise and I thank you so much, Sheila for stopping back to tell us how it went.