It doesn't get much better than this easy and delicious Italian Panna Cotta with strawberries recipe. This is one of those really easy dishes to make, it tastes amazing and it looks really fancy! This Italian custard dessert makes a great dessert to entertain with or just to have when you crave something sweet.
If you are not familiar with how to make Panna Cotta, it is an Italian custard made up of cream, milk, gelatin and sugar and it is almost fool proof to make. It is also a great dessert to entertain with not just because it is easy, but because it is made ahead of time.
There are only a few ingredients you need to make this easy creamy Italian custard. It is a great easy Italian dessert.
I love making this panna cotta to go along with my Pork bolognese to create an nice all Italian experience at home. All the ingredients can be found at any grocery store and the gelatin in this is actually good for you!
Here are the ingredients you will need for this Easy Panna Cotta recipe:
Bests containers for this easy Panna Cotta Recipe:
For the ramekins I use to make the Panna cotta in, I have standard size white porcelain condiment ramekins. Since I do not have too many of these, I also use some small glass pyrex containers, also used for condiments or small sides of food.
When choosing what you put your Panna cotta in since we are not flipping it out, try to find something that looks nice for serving. I sometimes use stemless wine glasses as well. Mix and match if you need to!
Often you will see Italian Panna cotta flipped out of its container on to a plate. I have chosen to not invert my Panna cotta and I left them in their cups when they were ready for serving.
If you do decide you want to be fancy and invert these little guys on a plate then all you need to do is lightly oil the cups that you place the panna cotta in and after they are done chilling place them in a warm water bath for a few minutes to loosen them and then turn them out.
Helpful tips when making this Italian Custard Dessert:
- Have a large liquid measuring cup handy (I use a 4 cup one) to pour the panna cotta from the pot into it so it makes pouring into small ramekins easier.
- Have a very large flat bottom plate or tray available and place your empty ramekins on that before pouring the custard mixture into them. This makes moving them from the counter to the refrigerator so much easier.
- If you end up with air bubbles on the top of your Panna cotta after pouring them into the ramekins, just take a small spoon and gently scoop the air bubbles until they pop. Then carefully place in the fridge to cool.
Italian Panna cotta is great served any time of year from summer all the way through winter. It is great for entertaining with and a great dessert on those hot days. Change your toppings up based on the season or your mood. Get creative!
I love my fancied up version of Panna cotta sometimes, a Horchata Panna Cotta. Sometimes just plain is all I need.
More Italian Desserts For You
- Pizzelle Cannoli
- Italian Snowball Cookies
- Rustic Italian Apple Cake
- Ciambella Yogurt Cake
- Basil Olive Oil Cake
- Balsamic Strawberries
- Italian Cake with Mascarpone
- Italian Bread Pudding
Easy Panna Cotta with Strawberries
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- 2 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin (or 4 sheets of gelatin)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ pint of strawberries sliced thick
- Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Stir to distribute, and set aside to soften 2 to 3 minutes.2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
- Get out your dishes that you will be pouring the panna cotta in and set aside. Half-fill a large bowl with ice and add enough water to make an ice bath and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the cream, milk and sugar and bring to a simmer over medium heat.2 ½ cups heavy cream, 1 ½ cups whole milk, 5 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Remove from heat, and whisk in the softened gelatin and the vanilla extract.
- Mix until the gelatin is fully dissolved. This may take a couple minutes.
- Set the saucepan in the ice bath (making sure the top of the saucepan is well above the surface of the water), and whisk until the mixture is lukewarm.
- Pour mixture into ramekins and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. If you’re going to keep them longer than overnight, cover them with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap gently against the panna cotta to prevent a skin from forming.
- Add strawberries on top before serving.½ pint of strawberries
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I have tried your Panna Cotta, it's way to tasty and the best part of your dish is the recipe.
Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you so much for this recipe. It is really easy to make and we loved how fresh and light it is! Can't wait to make it again