Simple Panna Cotta Recipe (Video)


  • 1 vanilla bean - split (or 1 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla extract)
  • 2 1/2 Cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 of a Cup of white sugar
  • 1 .25 Ounce pack of gelatin
  • 1/3 Cup of whole milk



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This is one dessert that requires no baking and you can basically just use a sauce pan and less than 5 ingredients. The only lengthy part of this dessert is that you have to let it chill so the gelatin can set, which takes about 3-4 hours. So once you assemble this in about ten minutes, you can put it in the refrigerator, walk away, and forget about it for a bit. If you are throwing a large party, panna cotta is an easy dessert to make in large quantities so you’ll be able to feed everyone. We like to serve ours with raspberries, caramel sauce and, sometimes, even some sea salt. Whipped cream (you can see our video on how to make home-made whipped cream here if so inclined) is also really wonderful with panna cotta and you will impress your guests. You can’t go wrong or mess this dessert up. Just use caution your heat isn’t too high so you don’t burn your cream.

1. Add the milk and gelatin into a small container and let it sit to the side.

2. Add your heavy cream into a saucepan and bring that to just before it boils.

3. Split your vanilla bean (video on how to split a vanilla bean can be found here).

4. Add the insides of the vanilla bean into the saucepan (or your vanilla extract if you wanted to use that instead) and also the vanilla bean pods (to be removed later).

5. Add your sugar, whisk to combine, and bring to a boil.

6. Once it’s boiling, add in your gelatin/milk combo that’s been sitting to the saucepan as well.

7. Once everything dissolves, remove from heat.

8. Remove the vanilla bean pods (if you added them) with a fork (set those aside to use again to maybe make something like vanilla sugar).

9. Pour the mixture directly into the ramekins you’ll eventually serve them in.

10. Place in a refrigerator for about four hours or until they set.

11. Remove the panna cotta from the serving vessels (or keep them in them if you want people to scoop them out while eating them), and garnish with some home-made whipped cream and maybe some lemon zest or other fresh fruit.

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