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Strawberry Panna Cotta
Welcome to this delicious and easy recipe for Strawberry Panna Cotta! This Italian dessert is the epitome of sophistication and elegance, with its creamy and smooth texture and delicate flavor. But don’t be fooled by its fancy appearance, Strawberry Panna Cotta is surprisingly simple to make and only requires a few basic ingredients.
The true effort lies in setting aside the time required to set each layer. This isn’t a quick dessert you whip up on the day of your gathering. Each layer has to set for a minimum of 4 hours. So, while the overall time this recipe takes may look daunting, it’s simply a matter of “hurry up and wait”.
Whether you’re an experienced cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this Strawberry Panna Cotta recipe is the perfect way to impress your guests with a dessert that is both beautiful and delicious.
Best Ever Strawberry Panna Cotta Recipe
What is Panna Cotta?
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made of sweetened cream that is thickened with gelatin and molded into a creamy, smooth, and delicate dessert. It is typically served chilled and often flavored with vanilla, but can be infused with various ingredients such as fruit or chocolate – or both, as we did with our Strawberry Panna Cotta with Chocolate!
Making Strawberry Panna Cotta
We love using fresh BC strawberries when available, however you can always find fresh strawberries year round in your grocery store. We don’t recommend making this Strawberry Panna Cotta with frozen strawberries as the risk of it becoming too runny is high.
Plus, don’t those chocolate dipped fresh strawberries make this dessert look divine?
While it looks fancy, Strawberry Panna Cotta actually fairly simply to make, just keep in mind these tips:
Use heavy cream: Panna Cotta is all about the cream, so use a high-quality, heavy cream for the best results.
Heat the cream mixture carefully: When heating the cream mixture, do so gently over low heat. You don’t want to boil the cream, just heat it enough to dissolve the sugar and gelatin.
Cool before molding: Let the Panna Cotta mixture cool to room temperature before pouring it into molds. This will help prevent the gelatin from breaking down and losing its setting power.
Chill thoroughly: Panna Cotta needs time to set in the refrigerator, so be patient and allow it to chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight for the best results.
Serve with toppings: Panna Cotta is delicious on its own, but can also be served with a variety of toppings such as fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, or caramel.
Give this Strawberry Panna Cotta a try, trust me, it’s not as hard as it looks!
Yield: 4 12 oz Servings
Strawberry Panna Cotta with Chocolate
Indulge in this silky smooth and delicious Strawberry Panna Cotta with Chocolate dessert. Made with fresh strawberries, heavy cream, and a touch of sweetness, this easy-to-follow recipe is the perfect ending to any meal. Enjoy this elegant dessert chilled and topped with juicy chocolate covered strawberries for the ultimate treat.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time45 minutes
Additional Time12 hours
Total Time13 hours45 minutes
600 grams fresh strawberries
4 Tbsp Sugar
¼ cup water
1 ½ tsp gelatin
Chocolate Panna Cotta
4 grams gelatin
1 Tbsp oz water
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup whole milk
2 Tbsp sugar
¼ tsp vanilla extract
4 oz semi-sweet dark baker’s chocolate (reserve 1oz for shaved chocolate garnish)
Vanilla Panna Cotta
9 grams gelatin
2 Tbsp oz water
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
1 ¼ cups whole milk
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
4 Sprigs of fresh mint (garnish)
Chocolate Covered Strawberries (garnish)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vegetable oil
Cut strawberries in half and remove the stems. Place the strawberries in a medium sauce pan. In a small bowl, mix the gelatin and 2 Tbsp water. Set the mixture aside.
Mix sugar and water into strawberries and bring to a slow simmer over medium heat. Simmer strawberry mixture for 5 minutes stirring frequently until sugar in fully dissolved and strawberries have softened.
Remove strawberries from heat and puree until smooth with food processor or emersion blender.
Pass strawberry puree through a fine sieve into a medium sauce pan. Return to low heat and stir in reserved gelatin and water mixture. Gently stir over low heat until gelatin has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and transfer to a large measuring cup. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Line a baking pan with a kitchen towel. Arrange 12oz cocktail glasses in pan back-to-back. Placing the glasses on a 45-degree angle, where the rim of the glass is resting on the rim of the pan.
Gently pour the strawberry puree into glasses filling about ½ inch below glass rim. Carefully transfer the glasses into the refrigerator and cool for a minimum of 4 hours, until the gelatin has set.
Chocolate Panna Cotta
Rough chop 3oz dark chocolate into small pieces and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the gelatin and water together and set mixture aside.
In a medium sauce pan, heat ½ cup cream, ½ cup milk and sugar over low heat. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved.
Add reserved chopped chocolate and vanilla and continue stirring until chocolate in completely melted. Add the water and gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin is fully dissolved.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup. Allow the chocolate mixture to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Gently pour the chocolate mixture into glasses. Fill to just below the rim of the glass. Transfer the glasses back to the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, until the gelatin has set.
Vanilla Panna Cotta
In a small bowl, mix the gelatin and water together and set mixture aside.
In a medium sauce pan, heat 1.25 cups cream, 1.25 cups milk and sugar over low heat. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved.
Add the vanilla, water and gelatin mixture. Stir until gelatin is fully dissolved.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup. Allow the vanilla mixture to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the glasses from the fridge and stand upright in the pan. Gently pour the vanilla Panna Cotta into the glasses filling to the rim.
Transfer the glasses back to the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, until the gelatin has set.
Remove Panna Cotta from the fridge. Garnish with chocolate dip strawberry, shaved chocolate and mint. Enjoy this wonderfully creamy dessert!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Wash and dry strawberries, set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Setup a double boiler by filling a sauce pan with 2-3 inches of water. Place a bowl on top of the sauce pan. Add chocolate chips and vegetable oil to the bowl. Heat the chocolate over medium heat stirring often to prevent chocolate from burning.
Grasp the stem of strawberry and dip in chocolate glaze 2/3’s of the way up the strawberry. Place the dipped strawberries on baking sheet and let cool at room temp for 5 mins. Transfer strawberries to refrigerator for 15mins, until chocolate has fully set.
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