Panna Cotta

This is incredibly easy and really delicious. Dessert cannot be easier than this.

It’s soft and silky, like a creme brulee without the eggs.

I serve panna cotta with blueberry sauce or chocolate sauce. See below.

Makes 8 small cups.


4 C heavy cream* (1 litre)
1/2 C sugar
4 t gelatin powder
6 T water (90ml)
3 t vanilla EXTRACT or beans from 1 vanilla pod (I use good quality vanilla extract that had vanilla beans in it)

To serve – blueberry sauce / chocolate sauce + almond flakes (gently toasted in a dry hot pan)


Prepare 8 small cups or 4 medium size cups. You can use ramekin molds too.

Place water in a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder gently and evenly over the surface of the water. Stir to dissolve. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat cream + sugar + vanilla till just boiling. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

Add the hot cream mixture slowly to the gelatin mixture, whisking/mixing gently to combine evenly.

Let mixture cool for about 15 mins. A thin milk skin will form on top of the mixture. Use a spoon and gently remove that skin.

Pour the cooled mixture into the cups. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, either sit the cups in some hot water and tilt them out on a plate or serve straight from the cups.

I like to prepare the panna cotta in small coffee cups, and serve them directly without having to worry about breaking the shape when I invert each one. I recommend leaving them out of the fridge for 15-20 mins before serving. It “softens” the jelly and makes it creamier.

Serve with blueberry sauce/chocolate sauce and toasted almond flakes.

Blueberry sauce – combine some blueberries, a few tablespoons of water, sugar to taste and cook on low fire until the blueberries are soft. Thicken the sauce with a cornstarch mixture.

Chocolate sauce – melt cooking chocolate, cream, sugar to taste. Or just use Hersheys Chocolate Sauce.

* If you’re in Singapore, I think there’s a brand called Bulla that sells cream in a bottle.

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  1. Hi Bing, again, at my 1st attempt, it was a great success! Now I don’t have to go round searching for good panna cottas or crave for my favorite panna cotta at an Italian restaurant in Hua Hin (Thailand)! Woohoo… Thanks so much!

    • Dress it with a little chocolate sauce on top.. or with a blueberry or raspberry compote or conserve (from a jar or can).. it’s fabulous. Enjoy! =)

  2. love the silky soft texture

  3. hubby love it…so much!!!
    thanks Karen and merry christmas!!

    how to make a regular salsa for tacos and burritos? is it the same sauce for the spaghetti meatballs?

  4. Hi, t in this recipe is teaspoon or tablespoon?

  5. hi bing, may i know whats heavy cream?


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