I have the perfect, refreshing dessert for you. I don’t like baking during the summer as much as I do during the cold days, so this makes a perfect treat for the summers.

Panna Cotta in plastic cups

I love the creamy layer of jello in combination with raspberries. You don’t have to stick with the same fruit, it’s up to you what fruits you want to use.

Easy Panna Cotta Recipe

This classic vanilla panna cotta recipe is in fact the queen of all desserts. It really has it all, easy to make, versatile, and absolutely delicious. The sweet cream, light and fluffy texture makes for a dessert like you’ve never had before. 

You can take this classic recipe and dress it up any way you like to fit your needs. Whether you’re a fan of just classic vanilla with no frills, or you want it topped with all of the sauce and candy you can get your hands on, you’ll still come out with a great dessert everyone will love. 

What Is Panna Cotta?

You may not have heard of Panna cotta before, but after seeing this recipe, you won’t be able to live without it. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying this delicious treat before, panna cotta is a traditional Italian dessert that is made of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and molded. 

The literal translation in Italian means cooked cream, which might not sound all that appealing, but trust me it is. It has that smooth creamy texture and is perfect to throw together either for a party, or just a relaxing night at home. 

You can make the dessert plain, or flavor it in any way you want; kind of like what you can do with a basic ice cream recipe. The cream may be aromatized with coffee, vanilla, or other flavorings.

Panna Cotta in plastic cups

How To Make Panna Cotta

In a saucepan, combine together milk, whipping cream and sugar. Bring it to very warm temperature, but don’t boil. Then in a small dish, combine gelatin with water and add the gelatin and vanilla extract into the milk mixture. Lastly, whisk in sour cream to the mixture.

Pour the mixture into serving dishes. Let it refrigerate for a few hours, until jello sets. While the mixture sets, prep the sauce to be served on top of the gelatin mixture. 

Once it comes time to add the topping, this is where you can really adjust it to your own preference. You can serve it with fresh berries, blend canned fruit or make your own homemade jam. Here are some ideas:

Coconut panna cotta

To make this recipe a bit more tropical, you can replace the heavy cream with coconut cream. Top with toasted coconut and pineapple for a real pina colada effect. 

Lemon panna cotta

For a slightly tart flavor addition, add the zest and juice of one lime into the gelatin mixture, then still top with the raspberry sauce for a summery treat you’ll love. 

Strawberry Panna Cotta

Just like the mango option, you can just simply change the raspberry topping to strawberry. You can also top it with premade strawberry pie filling to make things even easier. 

Make Ahead Classic Panna Cotta

If you have an event you need to bring a dessert to and don’t have time the day of to make something, this Italian panna cotta will be your new best friend. 

The recipe is not make and eat immediately kind of dessert, it can be made up to 2 days prior to serving and still taste like you just finished making it as you walked out the door. 

Follow the directions below for how to store panna cotta, and you’ll be well on your way to a stress free entertaining. 

Best Place To Store Panna Cotta

Since this is a dessert made mainly with cream or milk, you’ll want to keep it refrigerated if you plan on keeping any leftovers. It’s best to store panna cotta in an airtight container, or on a plate and wrapped in plastic wrap or foil. 

Once prepared, place in the refrigerator and eat within 2 days for best results. 

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.