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Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce Recipe

6 hours 15 mins
Vadim Rachok
26.02.2024
31.03.2024
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If you are wondering how to make the best panna cotta, this article is for you! You will learn how to make this delicious dessert at home without any complications. Panna cotta is a super yummy dessert that is a perfect option for summer gatherings. You can make it anytime without much effort. Just follow the step-by-step panna cotta recipe that is below. Top with berry sauce and enjoy!

Indulge in the exquisite pleasure of homemade panna cotta with this delightful recipe! Originating from Italy, panna cotta captivates with its creamy texture, delicate sweetness, and luxurious mouthfeel. This dessert is a testament to simplicity and elegance, offering a perfect balance of flavors and a delightful treat for any occasion. With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can create a culinary masterpiece that will impress your guests and satisfy your sweet cravings. Treat yourself to the creamy goodness of homemade panna cotta and elevate your dessert game!

What is a Panna Cotta?

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert loved for its creamy texture and delicate flavor. It originated in the Piedmont region of Italy. Its name means “cooked cream” in Italian. The dessert is made by simmering cream, milk, sugar, and gelatin together until the mixture thickens and is then poured into molds to set. After setting, the dessert is served chilled and topped with fruit compote, caramel sauce, or berry coulis.

The flavor of panna cotta is rich, smooth, and velvety. It has a subtle sweetness from the cream and sugar. It has a luxurious feel in the mouth that melts on the tongue, making it a delightful treat for the dessert lover. The simplicity of its ingredients makes it a versatile dessert that can be adapted to different tastes and occasions, with flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, or fruit-infused panna cotta.

This recipe allows you to make the panna cotta with the addition of coffee. This will enhance the overall flavor. You will also be able to make a delicious berry sauce that will enrich the flavor of the panna cotta.

Why Panna Cotta is a Dessert You Must Make:

Panna cotta is also the perfect dessert to make ahead of time! It can be served in ramekins, glassware, mason jars, or even a regular pan, and is best made the night before or at least 4 hours in advance. You can also choose any topping you like. You can make it with honey and pistachios, or with berry compote and nuts, or even with hot fudge.

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Panna Cotta Ingredients

  • Cream: Creates a smooth, luxurious texture and adds richness and creaminess to the dessert.
  • Milk: Gives a lighter consistency to balance the rich cream.
  • Sugar: Balance the flavors, and add a touch of sweetness to complement the richness of the cream and milk.
  • Coffee (Americano): Adds depth and complexity to the dessert by infusing the panna cotta with a subtle coffee flavor.
  • Vanilla Sugar: Provides a delicate vanilla flavor for a more aromatic and flavorful profile while enhancing the sweetness of the panna cotta.
  • Gelatin Sheets: Acts as a thickening agent to help the panna cotta set when chilled.

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • Sugar: Sweeten the sauce to balance the acidity of the berries.
  • Fresh frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries): Provide a refreshing contrast to the creamy panna cotta, adding natural sweetness, vibrant color, and fruity flavor to the sauce.
  • Mint: Enhances the overall flavor profile by adding a refreshing and aromatic element to the sauce.
  • Cinnamon: Complements the sweetness of the berries, adds a hint of spice, and adds warmth and depth of flavor to the sauce.
  • Gelatin Sheets: Serve as thickeners to give the sauce a smooth, glossy consistency, perfect for drizzling over panna cotta.

How to Make Panna Cotta at Home?

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  1. First, soak gelatin in cold water for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Then, combine cream, milk, sugar, vanilla sugar, and coffee in a saucepan.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat. Set aside to cool for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Next, squeeze the soaked gelatin from the water and add it to the cream mixture, whisking well to dissolve the gelatin completely.
  5. Pour the panna cotta into glass jars and refrigerate for 3-4 hours until set. 
  6. To prepare the sauce: put the berries in a saucepan, add 100 ml of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to a minimum, add sugar, mint, and cinnamon, and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Then, remove the cinnamon and blend until smooth (it is ideal to pass the mixture through a sieve again).
  8. Add the gelatin to the sauce, mix with a whisk, and let it cool. 
  9. Pour the sauce over the panna cotta and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. 
  10. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

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Chef Recipe Tips:

  • If you replace the regular milk and cream with coconut cream and the gelatin with agar, you get a plant-based panna cotta that’s suitable for vegetarians.
  • For those who don’t eat sugar, it can be replaced with various syrups (agave, date, Jerusalem artichoke) or sweeteners (stevia, erythritol).

Panna Cotta FAQs

Can I Freeze panna cotta?

Yes, you can freeze it! Your panna cotta will keep very well in the freezer. Leave it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw thoroughly before eating.

How Long Does Panna Cotta Stay Fresh in the Refrigerator?

Panna cotta will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Keep it covered with plastic wrap.

Can I Make Panna Cotta Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can. This panna cotta will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days. However, it will taste less fresh the longer you keep it in the refrigerator. For the best flavor, you can make it up to 48 hours ahead and refrigerate.

If I Boil My Panna Cotta After Adding the Gelatin, What Can I Do?

If you boil your milk mixture after the addition of the gelatin, there may still be a chance that your panna cotta will set well. Especially if it hasn’t been boiled for too long.

However, it’s hard to say how much the gelatin might be affected if you boil your gelatin-milk mixture for a long time. Making the mixture and seeing if it still turns out OK is the only way to know for sure.

Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Make an easy, quick, and very tasty panna cotta with delicious berry sauce!
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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4-6 hours
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
3
The ingredients you need:
9,5 ounces (270 g) cream 33-35%
6 ounces (180 g) milk
1,8 ounces (50 g) sugar
1 portion coffee (Americano)
0,4 ounces (10 g) vanilla sugar
0,3 ounces (8 g) gelatin sheets
0,7 ounces (20 g) sugar
7 ounces (200 g) fresh frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries)
1 sprig mint
1 stick cinnamon or 0,07 ounces (2 g) ground cinnamon
0,1 ounces (4 g) gelatin sheets
Let’s start !
1

Soak gelatin in cold water for at least 10 minutes.

2

Combine cream, milk, sugar, vanilla sugar, and coffee in a saucepan.

3

Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat. Set aside to cool for 7-10 minutes.

4

Squeeze the soaked gelatin from the water and add to the cream mixture, whisking well to dissolve the gelatin completely.

5

Pour the panna cotta into glass jars and refrigerate for 3-4 hours until set.

6

Prepare the sauce: Put the berries in a saucepan, add 100 ml of water, and bring to a boil.

7

Reduce the heat to a minimum, add sugar, mint, and cinnamon, and cook for 10 minutes.

8

Remove the cinnamon and blend until smooth (it is ideal to pass the mixture through a sieve again).

9

Add the gelatin to the sauce, mix with a whisk, and allow to cool.

10

Pour the sauce over the panna cotta and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. 

11

Garnish with mint and enjoy.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 3 Calories: 1400
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g57%
Saturated Fat 27g137%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 47mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g9%
Dietary Fiber 1g5%
Total Sugars 21g 
Protein 3g7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 78mg6%
Potassium 90mg2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For a delightful twist on traditional panna cotta, try replacing the regular milk and cream with coconut cream and swapping gelatin for agar. This simple modification creates a plant-based version of panna cotta that's perfect for vegetarians and dairy-free diets. Additionally, if you're looking to reduce your sugar intake, consider using alternative sweeteners such as agave syrup, date syrup, or stevia. These options provide sweetness without compromising on flavor, allowing you to enjoy a guilt-free indulgence. Experiment with different flavor variations and toppings to customize your panna cotta and create a dessert that's uniquely yours. With these tips, you'll master the art of making perfect panna cotta every time!

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