Vanilla Panna Cotta


This classic Italian dessert is simple to make and so delicious. Panna cotta is usually served with a fruit sauce, but it would also be lovely with a chocolate sauce or even just a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a small saucepan and let stand for 1 minute to soften.
  2. Heat the cream and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the gelatin mixture, stirring until the gelatin has dissolved.
  4. Pour into 4 glasses or ramekins. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Potential changes & improvements

If you want a richer panna cotta, you can use all heavy cream. For a lighter version, you can use half milk and half cream. You could also add a little liqueur to the mixture, such as rum or brandy.

What other food it works well with

Panna cotta is usually served with a fruit sauce, but it would also be lovely with a chocolate sauce or even just a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Common Mistakes

Be sure to dissolve the gelatin completely before adding it to the cream mixture. If it is not dissolved completely, it will not set properly.

Nutritional Information

This recipe is for 4 servings. Each serving is approximately:

  • Calories: 400
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sugar: 26g
  • Protein: 4g

Allergens

This recipe contains:

  • Dairy

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