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Best Raspberry Panna Cotta Dessert

An Italian delicacy, this best panna cotta recipe is quick and easy to make. Delicious raspberry sauce accompanies this dessert! Ready to enjoy this fancy-looking dessert.

September 20, 2021
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 30 mins



  1. Add the gelatin sheets to a bowl containing ¼ cup cold water and soak for approximately 10-15 minutes. At the same time, pour 2 cups of heavy whipping cream into an appropriately sized saucepan.
  2. Take the vanilla bean and cut it along its length. Scrape the seeds inside with the tip of your knife to remove them, and add the rest of the pod to the heavy cream.
  3. Then add about 4 tablespoons of white sugar to the cream and transfer the saucepan to low heat. Cook the cream without bringing it to a boil for about 10-15 minutes. Once the cream starts boiling, take the saucepan off the heat and remove the previously added vanilla bean pod.
  4. Pour this sweetened vanilla-flavored cream into a medium-sized bowl. Drain the soaked gelatin without squeezing too much and add it to this bowl of hot cream. Use a whisk to stir the gelatin until it melts completely into the hot cream.
  5. Moisten four glasses with cold water before draining them. Add the hot cream and gelatin mixture to these slightly cooled glasses and leave alone until the mixture comes down to room temperature. Then cover the glasses with plastic wrap and transfer them to a refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours to cool properly.
  6. While your panna cotta cools, make the raspberry dressing. Add 250 grams of fresh raspberries to a food processor along with 4 tablespoons (60 g) of white sugar and the juice of one lemon.
  7. Process the raspberries until they are ground into a mostly homogeneous sauce. Pass this raspberry sauce through a strainer or filter and add the resulting strained sauce to a saucepan. Warm this saucepan over very low heat for about 5 minutes till the sugar melts and set aside until the panna cotta is ready.
  8. Pour the raspberry sauce/dressing on top of your Italian panna cotta recipe before serving, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Panna Cotta
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 6.08 g12.2%
Total Fat 45.17 g57.9%
Cholesterol 140.12 mg46.7%
Sodium 38.81 mg1.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • It is necessary to use the highest quality ingredients for this best panna cotta recipe. Use natural vanilla bean and a high-quality fresh heavy whipping cream.
  • If you can’t find gelatin or would rather not use it, you can make this panna cotta recipe without gelatin by substituting it with agar, carrageenan, or pectin.
  • To make this recipe without cream, replace cream with milk and follow the recipe as is. The resulting panna cotta will be lighter but equally delicious.
  • If you would like your panna cotta to end up sloped, place a rolled towel into the center of a large container and lean the moistened glasses against it so they end up at an angle. Pour in the panna cotta and wait for it to solidify.
  • Feel free to experiment with panna cotta flavors. This recipe is super customizable, and all you need to do to convert it into a coffee panna cotta or chocolate panna cotta recipe is whisk in strong coffee or chopped dark chocolate right before pouring it into the individual glasses.
  • Store any leftover panna cotta in the fridge after covering it with plastic wrap. This will keep for about 3-4 days. You can also freeze panna cotta for about 2 months.
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Panna cotta recipe is a taste beyond expectations with its appearance and presentation. This dish's look and taste is fancy. but is incredibly simple to make from scratch with only four basic ingredients.

The recipe also allows for a lot of customization when it comes to flavor and toppings and is relatively quick when excluding the 6 hours it takes in the refrigerator to cool properly (requiring only 15 minutes of active cooking).

What is Panna Cotta?

Panna cotta is Italian cooked cream. It is a classic custard-like Italian dessert with four main ingredients: heavy cream, vanilla, gelatin, and sugar. Other ingredients like rum, marsala, saffron, coffee, chocolate, cardamom, etc., are also added frequently as flavorings. And while the dish's exact origins are unclear, it likely originated in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy.

Is Panna Cotta Gluten-Free?

Yes, absolutely. Panna cotta is made with whipping cream, white sugar, vanilla bean, gelatin, lemon juice, and fresh raspberries. As these ingredients are naturally gluten-free, panna cotta is also a gluten-free dessert suitable for those with a gluten allergy or intolerance.

What to Serve with Panna Cotta?

Serve this best panna cotta recipe set in a glass or transferred to a plate. Top it with caramel sauce, dark chocolate ganache, raspberry sauce, berries, chopped nuts, diced mangoes, biscuit crumbs, etc.

Panna cotta also pairs well with wines like Moscato d'Asti, Elysian black muscat, and the White Grape Orange Muscat.

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What Is The Difference Between Panna Cotta And Blancmange?

While the two desserts look very similar in taste and texture, they are not the same. The main difference between the two lies in the ingredients. Panna cotta is made with cream and thickened with gelatin, while blancmange is made with cow's milk and thickened with corn flour.

This difference in ingredients leads to another crucial distinction. Blancmange needs to be brought to a boil for the corn flour to work, making it a cooked dessert. While panna cotta is never brought to a boil and is therefore usually considered an uncooked dessert.

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