Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

9 Jul

I’m having my family over for dinner on Monday night because my Mum and Dad are finally coming home from their European holiday!

I wanted to make a swanky dessert that people would love – but I wanted to prepare it beforehand, so I could listen to their stories, and NOT be standing in the kitchen preparing dessert missing out on all the fun! Yes, I have FOMO (fear of missing out…)

So I decided to make a beautiful, rich and creamy vanilla bean panna cotta – who DOESN’T love panna cotta!

I trialled it yesterday, and oh my goodness -what a success! It was beautiful and so tasty!

Enjoy the recipe, I hope you can get much much much use out of it, and check out my pretty photos! Thanks to my husband for sourcing the foam core!

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

  • 1 1/2 cups cream (may be lite)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (may be lite)
  • 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons gelatine powder
  • Sliced strawberries to serve
  • Place the cream and milk in a saucepan
  • Use a small sharp knife to split the vanilla bean lengthways, then scrape the seeds from inside the bean. Add the seeds and bean to the saucepan.
  • Slowly bring to the boil over a medium heat. Remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Discard bean from cream mixture.
  • Add sugar and return to a low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until sugar dissolves.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of boiling water in a small heatproof bowl. Sprinkle gelatine over water. Let stand.
  • Bring a small saucepan of water to boil. Remove from heat. Sit the bowl of gelatine in the water and stir until dissolved. Cool slightly, then stir into the cream mixture.
  • Pour cream mixture into pretty glasses or ramekins.
  • Refrigerate for 4-6 hours
  •  Serve dish with fresh berries.

Serves 6

5 Responses to “Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta”

  1. 173misst July 9, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    When my mother makes this she serves it in a wine glass and chops up the strawberries to sit on the top along with a strawberry soup, so you’re able to have a bit of strawberry in each spoon of panna cotta. It looks great too.

    xox T.

  2. Jen July 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    I can’t wait 2 eat it my darling girl Cant wait to see you either xxx

  3. Karen vaux July 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    looks great Ek! will try this one!!

  4. Sophie July 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    hi Erica
    I LOVE the way your Panna Cotta looks! I’m writing it down in my recipe book just after the Pavlova one!


  5. Bree July 21, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Love your blogs! Made the panna cotta on the weekend as it’s my boyfriends favourite dessert. It was a success. Thanks a lot ! 🙂

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