Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Recipe

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta


  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 ½ tsp powdered gelatine
  • 3 ¼ cups single cream
  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 piece lemon rind
  • 100g (or about 72) raspberries
  • 2 tbsp extra icing sugar

How to make Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Panna cotta's one of the easiest desserts to make, and also very impressive. The only part I don't like about it is the plating (which can get a bit messy), so I like serving them in little shot glasses like these. It's an excellent dessert to serve when you've got a fancy dinner to do since it can be prepared the night before and kept in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve it. (makes 18 shot glasses)

  1. Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the powdered gelatine in. Give it a stir and set aside for 5 minutes.

  2. Using a small, sharp knife, split the vanilla bean down the middle (but not all the way through so it should still be connected at one end), and scrape out the seeds. Place both the seeds and the rest of the bean into a saucepan with the cream, sugar, and lemon rind.

  3. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring gently. Add in the gelatine mixture and heat through, stirring, for another 2-3 minutes. The gelatine should be completely dissolved by this stage.

  4. Strain the liquid into a small jug, and discard the lemon rind and vanilla bean. Pour into 18 shot glasses and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

  5. About 1 hour before serving, toss the raspberries in the extra icing sugar and leave it in the fridge. This will help the juices come out so they become glossy, shiny, and extra yummy.

  6. To serve, top each shot glass with about 4 raspberries.

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    sexiest. pic. evar.

  • iconsam
    iconsam says

    wow. I agree. beau-iful.

  • celia
    celia says

    yup. gorgeous pic.

  • dubow
    dubow says


  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    it's very cute :)

  • reinarama
    reinarama says

    I've always wanted to make this... I always order it

  • ysetiawa
    ysetiawa says

    I think you should be a chef. All your food looks so great..

  • Kailoi
    Kailoi says

    one of my favourites

  • Kailoi
    Kailoi says

    panna cotta is nice with other spices like cinnamon or cardamom instead of the vanilla bean. needless to say, but you can try other fruit too. but raspberrys indeed are the best. if you don´t like the raspberry-gravel on your teeth, mash those and put them through a sive to get a nice fruit sauce. for a nice green effect i suggest mashed kiwi fruit.

  • rasterboy
    rasterboy says


  • ghighi
    ghighi says

    There is a restaurant here in Toronto that serves a Mojito Panna Cotta !!!! Should be easy to copy! This picture looks dee-lish!

  • cookerz
    cookerz says

    I will have to try this! Looks great

  • Caduceus
    Caduceus says

    That picture is pure food porn. Thank you.

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