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panna cotta recipe

panna cotta is an italian dessert made with milk and cream. this easy and delicious panna cotta recipe is made without gelatin and thus a vegetarian version of panna cotta.

4 from 2 votes
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15minutes

panna cotta recipe with step by step pics. panna cotta is an italian dessert made with milk and cream. this easy and delicious panna cotta recipe is made without gelatin and thus a vegetarian version of panna cotta.

panna cotta recipe

i have been making panna cotta for many years now. somehow this classic panna cotta recipe never made it to the blog. thus this time when i made vanilla panna cotta, i took pictures, so that i can share its recipe on the blog.

in italian language panna cotta means “cooked cream”. panna cotta is a softly set pudding which is creamy but firm. many variations of panna cotta can be made by altering the basic recipe. i have shared mango panna cotta recipe earlier.

making italian panna cotta is very easy and gets done within 15 to 20 minutes. only setting it in the refrigerator takes time. i have used low fat cream (amul cream) to make the panna cotta. you can even use whipping cream. generally for making panna cotta gelatin is used as a setting and thickening agent. i have here used agar agar strands as the setting ingredient.

the amount of agar agar used in the recipe will give you a panna cotta that sets nicely and is firm. so this is best served in a bowl or glass. if you want to unmould and serve then i would suggest to add 3 tablespoons chopped agar agar strands instead of 2 tablespoons as mentioned in the recipe.

while serving you can serve panna cotta plain or top it with some fruits or berries. you can even drizzle some honey, maple syrup, caramel syrup or chocolate syrup on the panna cotta. a fruit coulis will also go well.

few more eggless desserts recipes you may like are:

panna cotta recipe below:

panna cotta recipe
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panna cotta recipe

panna cotta is an italian dessert made with milk and cream. this easy and delicious panna cotta recipe is made without gelatin and thus a vegetarian version of panna cotta.
course desserts
cuisine world
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 15 minutes
servings 6 medium sized bowls
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups cream - low fat (20 to 30% fat)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped agar agar strands
  • cup hot water

how to make panna cotta recipe

  1. do note that both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when mixed with each other. so cook both simultaneously. 

making agar agar solution:

  1. first take 2 tablespoons finely chopped agar agar strands in a small sauce pan. do cut the agar agar strands in small or tiny pieces.

  2. add ⅓ cup hot water.

  3. mix and let the agar agar strands soak in hot water for 5 minutes.

  4. then keep the agar agar and water mixture on a low flame. keep on stirring the agar agar solution and let it cook till the agar agar strands are dissolved.

  5. continue to stir often when cooking this solution.

  6. switch off the flame when all the agar agar strands have dissolved. you will see a clear solution.

making cream mixture for panna cotta recipe:

  1. meanwhile mix 2 cups low fat cream (20 to 30% fat) and 2 cups whole milk in a pan or sauce pan.

  2. add ½ cup sugar.

  3. keep the sauce pan on the stove top on a low to low-medium flame. stir with a wired whisk. the sugar should dissolve completely.

  4. keep on stirring at intervals while the cream mixture comes to a gentle boil.

  5. the mixture should just come to a boil. then switch off the flame.

  6. add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. if using vanilla essence, then add 1 teaspoon of it. mix very well.

  7. now add the hot agar agar solution to the hot cream+milk mixture. both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when you mix them.

  8. mix again very well.

  9. pour the hot panna cotta mixture in bowls. if you plan to unmould the panna cotta, then grease the bowls with some neutral tasting oil like sunflower oil.

  10. cover the bowls with aluminium foil or lids. when the panna cotta mixture become warm or come to room temperature, then place the bowls in the fridge to set for 4 to 5 hours or overnight.

  11. serve panna cotta plain or topped with your favorite fruit or berries.

recipe notes

tips and suggestions:
  • both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when you mix them. in case one of them cools or becomes warm :
    - for agar agar - on cooling the agar agar sets and becomes gelatinous, so add some hot water and reheat them with continuous stirring. you can also use a hot water bath.
    - for the cream mixture - gently reheat this mixture on a low flame till its hot.
  • the recipe can be halved or doubled.
  • sugar can be added less or more as per your requirements.
  • whipping cream can be used instead of low fat cream. 
  • for a vegan version of panna cotta, use coconut cream and almond milk. 
  • the amount of agar agar added in this recipe will give you a panna cotta that sets nicely and is firm and will wobble. so this is best served in a bowl or glass. if you want to unmould and serve then i would suggest to add 3 tablespoons chopped agar agar strands instead of 2 tablespoons as mentioned in the recipe.

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how to make easy panna cotta recipe without gelatin:

do note that both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when mixed with each other. so cook both simultaneously. in the stepwise pics format, i have shown the steps separately for both agar agar solution and cream mixture.

a) making agar agar solution:

1. first take 2 tablespoons finely chopped agar agar strands in a small sauce pan. do cut the agar agar strands in small or tiny pieces. if you want to unmould and serve panna cotta then add 3 tablespoons chopped agar agar strands.

making panna cotta recipe

2. add ⅓ cup hot water.

making panna cotta recipe

3. mix and let the agar agar strands soak in hot water for 5 minutes.

making panna cotta recipe

4. then keep the agar agar and water mixture on a low flame. keep on stirring the agar agar solution and let it cook till the agar agar strands are dissolved.

making panna cotta recipe

5. continue to stir often when cooking this solution.

making panna cotta recipe

6. cook till all the agar agar strands dissolve.

making panna cotta recipe

7. the solution will also thicken. switch off the flame when all the agar agar strands have dissolved. you will see a clear solution.

making panna cotta recipe

b) making cream mixture for panna cotta:

8. meanwhile mix 2 cups low fat cream (20 to 30% fat), 2 cups whole milk in a pan or sauce pan.

making panna cotta recipe

9. add ½ cup sugar.

making panna cotta recipe

10. keep the sauce pan on the stove top on a low to low-medium flame. stir with a wired whisk. the sugar should dissolve completely.

making panna cotta recipe

11. keep on stirring at intervals while the cream mixture comes to a gentle boil.

making panna cotta recipe

12. the mixture should just come to a boil. then switch off the flame.

making panna cotta recipe

13. add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. if using vanilla essence, then add 1 teaspoon of it.

making panna cotta recipe

14. mix very well.

making panna cotta recipe

15. now add the hot agar agar solution to the hot cream+milk mixture. both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when you mix them.

making panna cotta recipe

16. mix again very well.

making panna cotta recipe

17. pour the hot panna cotta mixture in bowls. if you plan to unmould the panna cotta, then grease the bowls with some neutral tasting oil like sunflower oil.

making panna cotta recipe

18. cover the bowls with aluminium foil or lids. when the panna cotta mixture become warm or come to room temperature, then place the bowls in the fridge to set for 4 to 5 hours or overnight.

making panna cotta recipe

19.once set well, the panna cotta will gently wobble. some water from condensation will be on top of the panna cotta. these are water droplets from the steam collected on the foil or lid. if you want to avoid the water droplets, then let the panna cotta mixture cool first at room temperature and then cover with lid or aluminium foil.

panna cotta recipe

20. serve panna cotta plain or topped with your favorite fruit or berries.

classic panna cotta recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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