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Panna Cotta -The Orginal

This is an authentic Italian dessert. It’s creamy flavored mixed into a delicious strawberry sauce. The glass effect makes it unique and romantic.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Total Time19 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Panna Cotta
Servings: 2
Author: Sarah Mirza



  • 2 ½ tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 medium size circular lemon or lime peel
  • 1 sprig mint for garnish
  • strawberry for garnish


  • 1 lbs strawberries frozen but thawed
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water



  • Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin and mix it. Set it aside for 6 minutes.
  • As the gelatin softens, In a small saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream, half and half, lemon peel, sugar to simmering point over medium heat (NOT Boil).
  • Turn off the heat
  • Mix in the gelatin, whisk it for 5 minutes constant stirring.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and salt.
  • Strain the mixture into a pyrex or any other brand’s measuring cup that can hold 2 cups of liquid.
  • Set the glasses in a loaf pan tilted, now with the porcelain soup spoon (they are much deeper than a steel soup spoon.) scoop up and divide the mixture into two glasses.
  • Cover the mixture with saran wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours.


  • In a blender, add strawberries, sugar, lemon juice puree it for 1 minute.
  • Strain the puree through a fine sieve from the blender into the saucepan. (This process takes about 10 minutes.)
  • In a saucepan on medium heat, bring the puree to simmer add cornstarch and water mixture and cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly until the puree thickens.
  • Pour Immediately in a small container and let it cool for 30 minutes.
  • Put the puree in the refrigerator for one hour.
  • To assemble take out the tilted glasses. With the porcelain spoon take out the puree and place it on top of the Panna (white part). it will set on its own to make the effect.
  • Garnish with a strawberry and a sprig of mint.
  • Enjoy!!!


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg