Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert known for its creamy texture and delicate sweetness. It’s a simple yet elegant treat that can be topped with a variety of fruits or sauces to suit any taste.


  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

For the Topping (optional):

  • Fresh berries, fruit compote, or caramel sauce


  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. Let it stand for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream, milk, and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the softened gelatin to the hot cream mixture and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the mixture into 6 ramekins or small bowls. Allow them to cool to room temperature.
  6. Cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and refrigerate the panna cotta for at least 4 hours, or until set.
  7. To serve, run a small knife around the edge of each panna cotta and invert onto a serving plate. You can also serve it in the ramekin.
  8. Top the panna cotta with your choice of fresh berries, fruit compote, or caramel sauce.
  9. Serve the Panna Cotta chilled and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 300-350
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 3g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 4 hours


  • Serves: 6

Panna Cotta is a delightful and versatile dessert that’s sure to impress with its smooth and creamy texture. It’s a perfect make-ahead dessert for dinner parties or special occasions. Enjoy the delicate taste of this classic Italian treat!

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