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Panna Cotta

A delicious and easy Italian custard
Cook Time30 mins
chilling time6 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8


  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 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.
  • 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. Remove from heat, and whisk in the softened gelatin and the vanilla extract.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle with Cinnamon and serve!
  • Add toppings to your liking. You can also use mixed berries instead of cinnamon