Panna Cotta


Happy Valentine’s day to all my lovely readers:-)

Panna cotta is one of my favorite Italian desserts. Being a sweet lover this rich and creamy dessert was in my todo list for a long time. Last December we went to California for vacation. There I went to IKEA, and I saw heart shaped cool ice cube tray for 99c and it attracted me a lot. At that moment I decided to do panna cotta in that and there couldn’t be a better day to post it

Panna Cotta


Heavy Cream – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Milk – 2 tbsp + 2 tsp

Agar Agar powder – 1 tsp or unflavoured gelatin – 1 envelope (1 tbsp)

Sugar – 1/4 cup

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Strawberry – 5, to garnish



  • Grease the ramekins (mold) with cooking spray or butter (Silicon mold doesn’t need greasing)
  • In a bowl combine warm milk and agar agar powder and keep aside till the powder completely dissolves in milk (If you are using gelatin, combine gelatin to the room temperarure milk and keep aside till the gelatin completely dissolves in milk)


  • Heat a saucepan to medium heat and add heavy cream and sugar. Bring the cream to boil and  Pour the agar agar powder (gelatin) and milk into the cream, stirring until completely dissolved. Switch off and add vanilla and salt; mix well and pour into ramekins


  • Cool the ramekins uncovered at room temperature. When cool, cover with cling flim and refrigerate for 6 -8 hours (preferably overnight)

To demold :

  • Wipe a serving plate with a damp paper towel (a damp plate helps to reposition the panna cotta more easily if it doesn’t fall in the right spot)
  •  Fill a large bowl with hot water and keep the panna cotta ramekin into that for minute and take out (Skip this step for silicon mold)
  • Run a thin knife carefully around the sides of a ramekin. Don’t slide the knife all the way into the cup; just release the top edge of the pudding from the edge of the cup
  •  Invert the ramekin over the plate and shake gently to help the panna cotta fall out, or press gently on one side to help nudge it out. It should fall out on the plate easily. (If it does not, return to the warm water bath in increments of 30 – 40 seconds.) Reposition on the plate if desired. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, lightly covered


My Notes:

  • Can add fruit puree like mango, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry  etc. and make fruit panna cotta
  • Can use vanilla bean instead of extract
  • Can add extract of your choice like almond extract, butterscotch and many more
  • Make sure gelatin (agar agar powder) mixed well with milk to avoid panna cotta from being liquid form
  • Avoid cooking heavy cream after adding agar agar powder (gelatin) milk
  • For vegan version can use coconut milk instead of milk
  • Instead of demolding can also serve them in the ramekin

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57 thoughts on “Panna Cotta

  1. Linda Creation February 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM Reply

    Woooooow terrific

  2. shobha February 19, 2015 at 2:57 AM Reply

    This is one of my favourite dessert

  3. Liza Dorison, The 'Straunt February 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM Reply

    Love the strawberry heart picture!

  4. Liz February 17, 2015 at 8:56 PM Reply

    panna cotta is a fave here, too. You’ve done well 🙂 But that is no surprise as everything here always looks good.

  5. coconutcraze February 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM Reply

    I have not made panna cotta because of gelatin. I will try this once I get hold of agar agar! Thank you for inspiring me!

  6. Sundari February 17, 2015 at 4:43 AM Reply

    Wow!! lovely dessert!!

  7. Rekha Vengalil February 16, 2015 at 5:50 AM Reply

    They look cute 🙂

  8. sarithakumbakkara February 15, 2015 at 8:51 PM Reply

    Lovely Panna cotta! I’m a big fan of this dessert! Drop in to see my version of it when u please. 🙂

  9. Malar February 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM Reply

    Awesome Vidya!!! I have never tried pannacota….This looks absolutely delicious…. Belated Happy Valentines day 🙂

  10. sarahjmir February 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM Reply

    panna cotta is so lovely and the heart shaped ones are a really nice touch!

  11. Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn February 14, 2015 at 9:18 AM Reply

    Aww, Vidya these are adorable and perfect for Valentine’s Day! 😉

  12. HotDish February 14, 2015 at 9:11 AM Reply

    Beautiful! I have always wanted to make panna cotta as well, but have not yet tried. Nice job!!

  13. Loretta February 14, 2015 at 8:33 AM Reply

    Lovely, I’ve never made pana cotta before, I’ll be trying your version soon 🙂

  14. Chef Amy at Remke Markets February 14, 2015 at 6:02 AM Reply

    Oh I love Panna Cotta Vidya!!!! Happy V Day!!! 🙂

  15. marudhuskitchen February 14, 2015 at 3:13 AM Reply

    delicious recipe with agar agar….superdelight

  16. Francesca Trucco February 14, 2015 at 2:26 AM Reply

    Being Italian, I am so happy and honoured you selected an italian dessert for Valentine day. In addition the heart shaped pieces and strawberries are a perfect touch for today. Love, Love love from Italy. Francesca

  17. lapetitepaniere February 14, 2015 at 2:22 AM Reply

    Amazing looking dessert, Vidya 🙂

  18. Sandhya February 14, 2015 at 1:58 AM Reply

    Love Pana cotta and your beautiful presentation! The heart shaped pana cotta is super cute!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  19. Sandhya February 14, 2015 at 1:45 AM Reply

    Vidya, Love panacotta and your presentation. those heart shaped ones are super cute!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  20. Priya Shiva February 13, 2015 at 7:28 PM Reply

    delicious panna cotta and perfectly set!

  21. Aruna Panangipally February 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM Reply

    I love Panna Cotta, Vidya and I love how you have presented your recipe. 🙂

  22. MamaD1xx4xy February 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM Reply

    Love the little heart!! I have those same molds and just made ice in them for the kiddos to have in their special drinks for Valentine’s brunch tomorrow. Your panna cotta sounds fantastic.

  23. LifestyleswithLia February 13, 2015 at 6:26 PM Reply

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Lovely panna cotta all’italiana:))

  24. Chitra Jagadish February 13, 2015 at 5:51 PM Reply

    Oh my goodness – looks droolicious. .. perfect treat for the occasion. …slurp

  25. srividhya February 13, 2015 at 5:33 PM Reply

    Lovely dessert.. Happy Valentines day to you too 🙂

  26. For The Love of Ghee February 13, 2015 at 5:26 PM Reply

    Love this dessert! I make something similar that I call halwo, I guess it’s also called falooda in other languages too. Reading your recipe making me wish for more. I just made some last week but I guess I’ll have to make it again. This time using your recipe 😉

  27. Mr. Militant Negro February 13, 2015 at 5:14 PM Reply

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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