Upgrade your dessert game with Homemade Panna Cotta with Berries. This impressive dessert is sweet and creamy and will transport your tastebuds to Italy. No passport required.
Panna Cotta is made using simple ingredients: cream, sugar, vanilla, and gelatin.
To make panna cotta, you begin by hydrating 4 gelatin sheets.
Now, you might be wondering what are gelatin sheets or where can they be found. Gelatin sheets are basically just like the sound – sheets of gelatin film. To use them, you have to hydrate them first.
The advantage of using gelatin sheets rather than “regular” gelatin is that the finished product will have a clearer, more transparent appearance.
If you can’t find gelatin sheets locally, they are available online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com, as well as at ModernistPantry.com.
Back to making panna cotta….
Once the gelatin sheets have been hydrated, any excess water used to hydrate them needs to be drained. Next, the gelatin needs to be heated in the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt it.
In a saucepan, cream, sugar, and vanilla are combined and heated. This creamy mixture needs to be stirred constantly so that the milk does not create a “skin” on the top layer and so that it does not burn on the bottom.
Once the sugar has dissolved, the pan is removed from the heat source and the gelatin is added. The ingredients need to be whisked well so that it is thoroughly combined.
At this point, the mixture is ready to be placed in glasses or serving dishes and then chilled for at least 4 hours so that it can firm.
When ready to serve, top each glass of panna cotta with your favorite fruit topping, or feel free to use fruit preserves or jam.
- 1 cup of room-temperature water
- 4 gelatin sheets/leaves
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (you can replace it with the seeds of one vanilla bean, if you prefer)
- Fresh Berries
- Berry jam of your choice
1. Start by hydrating 4 sheets of gelatin. Do so by placing them in the water for 5 minutes.
2. Afterward, drain the gelatin sheets and melt them (sheets only) in the microwave for 30 seconds.
3. In a saucepan, add the cream, sugar, and vanilla. In medium heat, slowly allow the mixture to boil, while constantly whisking. Make sure
the sugar is dissolved.
4. Remove from the heat and stir in the melted gelatin. Keep whisking until everything is combined.
5. Pour the mixture into glasses or other bowls to serve and put in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours for the panna cotta to gain consistency.
6. Once the panna cotta has settled, you can get creative with the toppings. I love putting strawberry jam and fresh berries, but you can go with whatever you prefer.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 6g
Nutrition information is an approximation. Calculation does not include optional toppings.