6 irresistible panna cotta dessert recipes that will leave you dying!

Italian cuisine is excellent in itself and suitable for all occasions.

In addition to pasta, sauces and pizza, you can prepare this delicious yet light Italian dessert for your loved ones or just for yourself.

Panna Cotta is ready in a moment, it just takes longer to harden, so prepare this sweet dot a day in advance.

We will present you with various variants of recipes, from which you will surely choose.

Lemon panna cotta with blackberries

Try this creamy yet fresh panna cotta with plump blackberries that you can make in minutes. Just the freezing :).


  • 3 slices of gelatin
  • 600 ml of whipping cream
  • 150 ml of milk
  • 200g of powdered sugar
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 200g blackberries
  • 2 tbsp honey or other sweetener


  • Soak the gelatin slices in cold water.
  • Mix the cream, milk and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • When the cream is boiling, add the lemon juice, lemon and lime zest.
  • Mix well and cook for a while.
  • Place the drained gelatin sheets into the hot mixture and stir to dissolve well.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared cups or glasses and leave it preferably overnight in the fridge. (even 5 hours is enough)
  • Keep a few blackberries on the side for decoration.
  • Mash the rest of the blackberries in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Sweeten with honey or other sweetener and the topping is ready.
  • Serve panna cotta drizzled with blackberry juice and garnished with fresh blackberries.
Gelatin dessert with blackberries
Source: souschef.co.uk

Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry topping

This variant of dessert with raspberries is perfect for warm days, but also for a relaxing evening with friends. It is the raspberries that mix perfectly with the sweet vanilla flavor.


  • 3 slices of gelatin
  • 500 ml whipping cream (preferably 33% fat)
  • 70 g granulated sugar
  • 1 piece of vanilla pod
  • 300g of fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons of cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or lime juice)


  • Soak the gelatin slices in cold water to soften them.
  • Mix the seeds of the vanilla pod with the sugar in a small saucepan and then pour over the cream.
  • Heat the mixture just below boiling point.
  • Then stop heating, add the drained gelatin slices and mix well.
  • After the gelatin has dissolved, you can pour the mixture into smaller glasses.
  • Leave in the fridge preferably overnight (at least 4 hours).
  • In the meantime, prepare the raspberry dressing by blending the raspberries, sweetening with honey and adding citrus juice.
  • Top the finished panna cotta with raspberries and finally decorate with a mint leaf, for example.
Raspberry panna cotta with topping
Source: theodysseyonline.com

Yoghurt panna cotta with strawberries

In this variant of the recipe, you can use yogurt, thanks to which this dessert becomes lighter with a lower caloric value.


  • 1 slice of gelatin
  • 40 ml of milk
  • 40 ml cream
  • 40g Greek yogurt (3.5% fat)
  • 30g of sugar
  • A pinch of ground ginger
  • 250g of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 spoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


  • Soak a slice of gelatin in cold water to make it swell and soften.
  • Bring the milk, cream and sugar to the boil, then turn off the heat.
  • Add the softened gelatin to the mixture and let it dissolve.
  • Then add yogurt, a pinch of ginger and mix.
  • Fill glasses with the resulting mass and leave it preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Blend the strawberries, sweeten and sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • Top the finished panna cotta with strawberries and decorate with mint leaves.
strawberry topping on panna cotta
Source: nathashaskitchen.com

Panna cotta with coconut milk

This variant is again a bit healthier, as we use coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. From this quantity, you will prepare approx. 10 portions of panna cotta.


  • 400 ml of coconut milk
  • 3 slices of gelatin
  • 1 piece of vanilla pod
  • 250g of fresh or frozen berries
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of cane sugar


  • Soak the gelatin slices in a bowl of cold water to soften them properly.
  • Pour the coconut milk into the saucepan and add the vanilla bean seeds.
  • Heat the milk and vanilla just below the boiling point, then add the drained gelatin.
  • Whisk the mixture to combine.
  • Then fill the glasses with the mixture and leave it preferably overnight in the fridge.
  • Put the berries in a saucepan and heat gradually.
  • Add honey, cinnamon and if you want you can dilute with a little water.
  • Allow the cooked fruit mixture to cool slightly.
  • Pour fruit over the finished panna cotta and serve.
Forest fruit dressing on panna cotta dessert
Source: anitalianinmykitchen.com

Do you like Italian cuisine? Also try recipes for homemade lasagna with and without meat.

Chocolate panna cotta with coffee topping

It is the coffee topping that gives this dessert the right Italian twist. In addition, you can decorate it with fresh fruit, such as strawberries.


  • 3-4 slices of gelatin
  • 600 ml of whipping cream
  • 150 ml of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 100g of bitter, finely chopped chocolate
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod


  • Place the gelatin slices in cold water for 10 minutes to swell.
  • Mix the cream, milk and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate and the drained gelatine slices.
  • Stir to dissolve the chocolate and gelatin well.
  • Fill the prepared cups or glasses evenly and refrigerate, ideally overnight.
  • You prepare the coffee topping by bringing the coffee, sugar and the inside of the vanilla bean to a boil.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture thickens.
  • Serve the finished panna cotta topped with coffee mixture and garnished with fresh fruit.
Chocolate dessert with coffee topping
Source: platedstories.blogspot.com

Sweet and salty caramel panna cotta

The taste of salted caramel in combination with Italian panna cotta forms an irresistible combination. You won’t offend anyone by trying this recipe, on the contrary!


  • 2 slices of gelatin
  • 300 ml of whipping cream
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 100g of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence or 1 piece of vanilla pod
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews)


  • Soak the gelatin slices in cold water for about 10 minutes.
  • Mix the cream, milk, vanilla essence or the inside of the pod in a saucepan and bring just below the boiling point.
  • In a pan, prepare the sugar with a tablespoon of water and let it dissolve until the mixture takes on an amber color.
  • Do not stir the mixture in the pan if lumps form, just swirl the pan to mix.
  • Carefully add the cream mixture to the caramel mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until combined.
  • If the caramel hardens, stir and it will melt again.
  • Add the drained gelatine slices, sea salt and mix well.
  • Divide evenly into cups or glasses and leave to cool in the fridge, ideally overnight.
  • Caramel pralines are prepared by dissolving sugar in a spoonful of water in a pan, adding chopped nuts.
  • Cook until the nuts are evenly coated with caramel.
  • Put the nut mixture on the foil and let it cool.
  • After cooling, crush with a rolling pin.
  • Sprinkle the hardened panna cotta with caramelized nuts and you are ready to serve.
Panna Cotta in a glass with caramel
Source: mariasmenu.com

Panna Cotta is one of the best dishes of Italian cuisine. Its origin only dates back to around 100 years, but it was only in 2001 that it became part of the traditional dishes of northern Italy.

Already in the 18th century, a very similar recipe appears in the book “Il cuoco Piemontese”, which is called “white natural cream”, which is not so different from the literal translation of “boiled cream”.

No matter how and when this gelatin dessert was created, today you can prepare countless variations of it – with fruit, coffee, caramel, nuts and many others. In addition, it lasts a very long time in the refrigerator.

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