panna cotta

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.

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.

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panna cotta recipe

What is Panna cotta

In Italian language, panna cotta means “cooked cream”. Panna cotta is a softly set pudding that is creamy but firm. Many variations of panna cotta can be made by altering the basic recipe. I have shared the recipe of Mango panna cotta 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.

Tips for making panna cotta

  • 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 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 adding 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.

How to make panna cotta

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 stovetop 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.

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14. Mix very well.

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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.

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16. Mix again very well.

making panna cotta recipe

Setting panna cotta

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.

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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
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Panna Cotta

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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
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins
Course:desserts
Cuisine:world
Diet:gluten-free,vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):6 medium sized bowls
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 for panna cotta

  • 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.
  • Add ⅓ cup hot water.
  • Mix and let the agar agar strands soak in hot water for 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Continue to stir often when cooking this solution.
  • Switch off the flame when all the agar agar strands have dissolved. You will see a clear solution.

making cream mixture for panna cotta

  • Meanwhile mix 2 cups low fat cream (20 to 30% fat) and 2 cups whole milk in a pan or sauce pan.
  • Add ½ cup sugar.
  • 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.
  • Keep on stirring at intervals while the cream mixture comes to a gentle boil.
  • The mixture should just come to a boil. Then switch off the flame.
  • Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. If using vanilla essence, then add 1 teaspoon of it. mix very well.
  • 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.
  • Mix again very well.

setting panna cotta

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve panna cotta plain or topped with your favorite fruit or berries.

Notes

  • The recipe can be halved or doubled.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Panna Cotta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1298IU26%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 2µg13%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 143mg14%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 7µg2%
Magnesium 14mg4%
Phosphorus 118mg12%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.