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Panna Cotta is one of my favorite desserts! So creamy and delicious. I’m aware it isn’t a traditional recipe but after years of playing around with it, this is the recipe I developed and love. Desserts are my saving grace when I’m hosting, because they are super easy to make ahead. Trust me, this is a hit whenever I host! If you loved this recipe, check out my Carrot Cake Panna Cotta!

Why You’ll Love Berry Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta itself is delicious and creamy, but the macerated berries in this one are too die for. It makes it so rich, boozy and tangy, and it creates a lovely balance. I just love how versatile it is, because you can top it with anything your heart desires, such as mango, caramel, apples.. you name it!

berry panna cotta

How To Prepare Berry Panna Cotta

🥛 Add the half and half or milk to a bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over it to bloom for 10 minutes.

🧡 Add the cream, vanilla, condensed milk, salt, sugar and orange zest to a pot. Heat up without boiling.

🔥 Once hot, carefully whisk in the gelatin until fully dissolved.

🥣 In a large bowl add the mascarpone and sour cream. Whisk until incorporated. Strain in the hot cream bit at a time so you don’t get lumps.

✨ Divide into 8 single serve cups (I used disposable).

🧊 Let them sit in the fridge for 6 hrs to overnight to set.

🍓 Add everything for the berries in a bowl, mix and let macerate for 2-6 hours.

🍮 Lastly, un-mold the Panna Cotta and top with the berries.

Substitutions and Variations for Berry Panna Cotta

  1. For the macerated berries, you can adjust the amount of grand marnier you use to your desired level of booziness.
  2. You can use cointreau instead of Grand Marnier.
  3. As for the berries, you can use oranges, or your favorite fruits.
  4. You can use milk instead of half and half.

Chef Nadia’s Tip

When whisking in the gelatin, don’t touch the bottom of your pot, so you don’t scrape your pot.

berry panna cotta

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Common Questions

What can I use instead of half and half?

You can use milk.

What can I use instead of Grand Marnier?

You can use Cointreau.

How do you store them?

You should store them in the fridge.

How long do they last in the fridge?

They can last up to 3 days in the fridge.

What can I use instead of mascarpone?

You can use cream cheese.

Berry Panna Cotta

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Resting time 6 hours
Total 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Panna Cotta is one of my favorite desserts! So creamy and delicious. I’m aware it isn’t a traditional recipe but after years of playing around with it, this is the recipe I developed and love. Desserts are my saving grace when I'm hosting, because they are super easy to make ahead. Trust me, this is a hit whenever I host!

Ingredients 

  • 1 qt heavy cream, (4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup half and half, or milk
  • 2 envelopes gelatin , (5 tsp)
  • 1 1/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1 orange, zest
  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • salt, just a pinch

Macerated Berries

  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1-2 oz grand marnier, depending on desired booziness
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 orange, juice

Directions 

  • Add the half and half or milk to a bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over it to bloom for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cream, vanilla, condensed milk, salt, sugar and orange zest to a pot. Heat up without boiling.
  • Once hot, carefully whisk in the gelatin until fully dissolved.
  • In a large bowl add the mascarpone and sour cream. Whisk until incorporated. Strain in the hot cream bit at a time so you don’t get lumps.
  • Divide into 8 single serve cups (I used disposable).
  • Let them sit in the fridge for 6 hrs to overnight to set.
  • Add everything for the berries in a bowl, mix and let macerate for 2-6 hours.
  • Lastly, un-mold the Panna Cotta and top with the berries.

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Nutrition

Calories: 856kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 67g, Saturated Fat: 40g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 185mg, Sodium: 123mg, Potassium: 391mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 50g, Vitamin A: 2382IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 286mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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