Deliciously creamy panna cotta that will melt in your mouth with every bite! Topped with the best strawberry sauce. This dessert is so quick to prepare and looks amazing!
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert that feels kind of like pudding or jello. It is made from sweetened cream, that is cooked on the stove and then thickened with gelatin. The result is deliciously smooth and creamy panna cotta that melts in your mouth with every bite! You can eat the panna cotta without adding anything on top. However, I think adding a topping can make the panna cotta taste even better! I decided to add a fresh strawberry sauce, but you can add any kind of fruit.
You will love this delicious dessert because it is so quick and easy to make. It’s hard to think you only need 5 ingredients! After about 15 minutes it’s ready to go in the fridge to set. So easy and so simple!
Making the Panna Cotta
Pour milk into a medium sauce pan. Sprinkle gelatin over the milk, and let it sit for 5 minutes or until gelatin softens. Over LOW heat, dissolve the gelatin. Add sugar, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract. Continue to cook on LOW heat heat until the sugar dissolves. This takes about 5 minutes. Divide among mousse cups, or ramekins and refrigerate at least four hours, or until set. I got around 10 mousse cups. (Mine are not very big)
To make the strawberry sauce, you will need about 1 lb of strawberries. Place strawberries in a sauce pan, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon sugar, and add a few drops of lemon juice. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the strawberries are soft and you can mash them with a fork.
- Make sure that you cook everything on LOW heat. DO NOT boil the cream. The cream needs to be warm enough to dissolve the gelatin and the sugar, but not so hot that you can’t touch it with your finger. If the cream gets too hot, the gelatin might not activate.
- You can add more sugar to the strawberries if the sauce is not sweet enough.
- Frozen strawberries can be substituted. You can also use any kind of fruit that you like!
- I would recommend using whole milk. But lower percentage of milk can be substituted. The panna cotta just won’t be as creamy.
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Deliciously creamy panna cotta that melts in your mouth with every bite! Topped with the best strawberry sauce. This dessert is simple to prepare, and looks amazing!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes + 4 hours for setting
- Yield: 8 cups 1x
- Category: dessert
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 envelope gelatin powder
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 lb strawberries
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar*
- dash lemon juice
- Pour milk into medium sauce pan. Sprinkle gelatin over milk. And let it sit for about 5 minutes or until gelatin softens.
- Place on LOW heat and stir until gelatin dissolves. (this should take only a few minutes) DO NOT BOIL.
- Add granulated sugar, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. Continue cooking on LOW heat until sugar dissolves. (this takes around 5 minutes) DO NOT BOIL THE MIXTURE. If the mixture gets too hot, take off the heat. The mixture should be warm enough to dissolve the sugar, but not so hot that you can’t touch it with your finger.
- Divide evenly among mousse cups or ramekins. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until panna cotta has set.
- Meanwhile make the strawberry sauce. Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into saucepan. Cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat, or until the strawberries can be mashed. Cool and refrigerate until ready to be used.
- Once the panna cotta is set, spoon strawberry sauce over panna cotta.
* You can add more sugar if you want the strawberry sauce to be sweeter. I add anywhere between 1-3 tablespoon of sugar depending on how sweet the strawberries are.
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