Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries

This is the first time I make panna cotta at home and I have to say that it worked 😉 Panna cotta is a typical Italian dessert and it can have different flavour (lemon, coffee, chocolate, etc), but I chose the basic one, vanilla, and served with a mixed berry sauce, since I’m a big fan of berries.

This is a good recipe (from Waitrose website) and it’s very sweet. If you don’t like things too sweet, I suggest you to use less sugar than the amount given in the recipe. The tip unmold the pannacottas is totally approved. It was easy and I thought it looked very pretty on the plate.

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries

Ingredients

  • 4 gelatine leaves
  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds removed, or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract with seeds
  • 200g mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preparation

  1. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for at least 4-5 minutes.
  2. Place the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla seeds (or vanilla extract) in a pan with a heavy base. Slowly bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat then take the gelatine leaves one by one, squeeze out the excess water and stir into the cream mixture until dissolved.
  3. Rinse out 6 x 150ml pudding moulds with cold water but do not dry. Divide the panna cotta mixture between them. Cool and then chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until set.
  4. For the mixed berries sauce, place the berries and powdered sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes to thicken a little. Reserve and let it cool.
  5. To serve, dip the moulds one at a time into hot water for 10 seconds, then turn out onto plates. Spoon over the mixed berries sauce.

Yield 6 servings

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