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Mar 9 / JW

Vanilla Panna Cotta


Panna Cotta is one of my favvvvvourite desserts to make(and eat).  It’s also one of the easiest. I mean this takes less than 15 minutes to make, (then an agonizingly long wait until you can eat it), but still, its worth it. Also, vanilla is an awesome base for so many flavour combos, you can really mix it up  with the toppings and make everyone you know love you even more. Everyone in my house(all 2 of us) love this one, and I make it whenever I have an excuse to. I think you will too…Ok, here we go:

Take the cream, milk, sugar, lemon rind, and vanilla, and add to a heavy bottomed pot(really not burning the milk is our goal here). I suggest using a vanilla pod, or this stuff :

You can just use vanilla extract, but then you don’t get the little specks of vanilla, and that’s the coolest part!

Turn to medium low, and wait for it to barely come to a simmer. And I mean barely, you don’t want this to boil or you will have to start all over. Once the mixture is warm/hottish(so technical I know), add 1 1/2 teaspoons of powdered gelatin. Stir to combine, and cook for a couple more minutes. Remove from stove and pour in whatever dishes you like, this amount is enough for 4 good sized portions. I use these:

Oh, and before you pour into dishes, make sure to remove the lemon rind, and vanilla pod if you used one. Now, cover in plastic wrap and let sit for 6 hours….exhale,  yes its unfortunate, but thats the price you pay for the best dessert on earth. Honestly you could probably wait less time, but I always just plan on making these a day before I want to eat them, that way you know they’ll be done.

Note: You can spray the ramekins with non stick spray and then turn this out of the dish at the end, but since I’m not running a restaurant, and thats just too much effort, I eat it straight out of the dish.

For the topping this time, I made a mango passionfruit sauce. In the past, I’ve done fresh bluberries, mascerated strawberries, and a variety of other things. You could even do a chocolaty topping, or no topping at all, its up to you, whatever floats your boat! But just in case, here’s how to make this sauce:

Mango Passionfruit Sauce

3-4 peices of mango

1 passionfruit(or half a small can)

Juice of half a lemon

Strain the seeds out of the passionfruit, then throw everything in blender and blend until smooth, and bang boom pow! That wasn’t so hard was it?

Vanilla Panna Cotta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 Cup Full Cream Milk
  • 1 Cup Cream(not thickened, just plain old cream)
  • 1/4 Cup Caster(superfine) Sugar
  • 2 Pieces Lemon Peel
  • 1 Vanilla Pod, or 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Powdered Gelatin

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