How to Make Panna Cotta

This popular Italian dessert is striking and elegant yet very easy to make. Try it the next time you have dinner guests.

You will need

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 c. half and half
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • u2153 c. sugar
  • 1u00bd tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 small custard cups or ramekins
  • Fresh berries or fruit sauce
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Additional gelatin (optional)
  • u00bd vanilla bean (optional)

Step 1 Dissolve the gelatin Add the gelatin to the water in a small saucepan. Heat gently and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Then remove from heat.

Step 2 Boil the cream Bring the cream, half and half, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.

Step 3 Add the vanilla and gelatin Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and gelatin mixture. Stir to combine.

Step 4 Pour into molds Pour the mixture into custard cups or ramekins.

Step 5 Chill Chill until set, at least six hours or overnight.

Step 6 Unmold Dip each mold into hot water for a few seconds to loosen, and then invert your panna cotta onto a plate.

Step 7 Serve Serve with fresh berries, fruit sauce, or chocolate sauce.