Monday, May 27, 2013

Panna Cotta

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Panna cotta was always a dessert that I thought I couldn't make.  I thought it was above me.  I thought only those trained in the culinary arts would be able to master such a dessert.  Boy, was I wrong!  It turns out it is one of the easiest desserts I've ever made!  If you really want to impress someone, break out this recipe!


2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup whole milk
1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup sugar

Begin by cutting the vanilla bean in two and scraping the seeds in the heavy cream.  Throw the vanilla pod in the cream as well. Heat that until just before boiling and remove from heat.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes so that the vanilla flavor infuses the cream.

Remove the vanilla pod.  Turn on medium heat.  Add the sugar, gelatin, and milk.  Allow that to boil slightly, stirring constantly so that the cream doesn't burn.  Remove from heat and put into individual custard bowls.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

When you are ready to serve, take a spatula and run it around the edges to help loosen the custard.  I served my panna cotta with macerated cherries.

Mom said panna cotta was her favorite dessert and she loved it!  If only Alex Guarnaschelli could see me now!



  1. This looks so delicious! I really need to try and make it sometime!

  2. I've always wanted to know how to make this too! YUM

    Found you at Feeding Big

  3. This does look easy. I don't think I have ever tried eating this. I think I will have to give it a try. I love all things Italian!

    Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at

  4. This sounds so good! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you share this week :)


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