Panna Cotta

This is one of my all time favorite desserts. While it looks and tastes impressive, the beauty of it is that it is SOOOO easy to make! Easy enough that you (or even better: a few friends) could make it yourself the day before the wedding. The only tricky part can be plating it which you could skip all together if you just serve it in little shot glasses or champagne flutes. Here’s a super simple (and “foolproof”) recipe adapted from the NY Times:


3 cups cream

1 package (1/4 ounce) unflavored gelatin

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar


1. Put 1 cup cream in a medium saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over it; let sit for 5 minutes. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring, until gelatin dissolves completely.

2. Add remaining cream and sugar to gelatin mixture and heat gently, just until sugar dissolves; add vanilla.

3. Pour mixture into 4 large or 6 small custard cups. Chill until set, about 4 hours. Serve in cups, or dip cups in hot water for about 10 seconds, then invert onto plates. Serve within 24 hours.

*By the way, for our topping we used warmed strawberry jam sprinkled with pomegranate seeds….so easy and really delicious!


Comments (12)

kms | Reply

simple and stunning! panna cotta’s one of my fav’s too! xo.

Charlene @ Sweetchic | Reply

I didn’t realize panna cotta was so easy!! I’m going to have to give this a try, thanks!

Jocelyn Stott | Reply

I too didn’t realize it was so easy. I am going to make this soon!!

Elegant Wedding Invitations | Reply

I’m going to say one thing and that’s “YUM” :P

Dodge | Reply

My boyfriend Mudge LOVES Panna Cotta. What a beautiful post!

Meghan | Reply

This is a great post! Some of my favorite blogs are recipe blogs. I didn’t realize how easy it is to make panna cotta either. I will most assuredly try this :).

Mari | Reply

looks amazing!!!!! I’m hungry for it now!

Rachel - theWeddingVine | Reply

Great DIY tips! and your right panna cotta is delicious!

The Average Bride | Reply

Ooooo sooo cute. I love this idea.

Chandra - Oh Lovely Day | Reply

This became my husband’s favorite dessert while on our Italian honeymoon. Thanks for sharing an easy recipe that I can make for him!

Janna | Reply

If you are vegetarian, you can also make Panna Cotta with Agar Agar, its a tasteless thicknener made from sea veggies!

Meredith Perdue | Reply

We made this last night for our dinner guests and it was delicious! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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