Panna Cotta recipe

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Panna Cotta, literally meaning cooked cream in Italian, is a simple, light and delicious Italian dessert. This recipe uses a strawberry coulis for topping but you can use any kind of coulis you like.
Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes, Serves: 6 


2 1/2 cups milk
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 envelopes gelatin, unflavored

For the coulis (topping)
1 package frozen strawberries, thawed
3/4 cup of sugar


In a saucepan add the 2 cups of milk, the heavy cream and the sugar. Bring to a heat and simmer. In the remaining 1/2 cup of milk add the gelatin and stir. Remove the liquid mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla and the milk with the softened gelatin. Pour into 6 dessert cups and chill for at least two to three hours.

To make the topping
Add the strawberries and sugar in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Strain the seeds using a sift and pour the mixture in a pan, over medium heat. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

To serve the panna cotta, run a knife around the edge of each dessert cup, unmold on a plate and drizzle with the coulis on top.

Notes and tips

Panna cotta is often misspelled as panna cota or pana cota. The correct spelling, as pointed out by a reader is panna cotta (panna is Italian for cream and cotta is Italian for cooked). Thanks to Sherry for pointing this out!
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Can I substitute gelatin with agar agar? If yes, how much agar agar for the above recipe. Thank you.

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You can substitute gelatin with an equal amount of agar agar.
Posted by elHumaira on Sep 27, 2011, 05:05

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