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Vanilla Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a creamy Italian dessert made with heavy cream, milk, and gelatin. Here is a simple recipe for vanilla panna cotta:


  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla bean and seeds (if using). Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let stand for 5 minutes to soften.

  3. When the cream mixture has come to a boil, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the softened gelatin until it is completely dissolved. If using vanilla extract, stir it in at this point.

  4. Pour the mixture into six 4-ounce ramekins or a large glass dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the panna cotta is set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

  5. To serve, run a knife around the edge of the panna cotta to loosen it from the ramekin, then invert it onto a plate. If using a large glass dish, cut the panna cotta into squares or slices and serve. Enjoy!

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