Panna Cotta is an Italian very light and creamy dessert that is very delicious, plus it is so simple to make.
Panna Cotta is a very light and easy to make a dessert with just Milk (it can be coconut milk or almond milk), sweetened, flavored with vanilla or fruit and a bit of gelatin (or Agar Agar).
- 1 1/2 cups milk or Almond or Coconut milk
- 1/3 cup sugar reduce sugar if you use Coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp gelatin or 1 1/2 Tbsp of Agar Agar
- 1 1/2 cup cream or Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla or Lemon or Almond extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips *optional for chocolate flavor
Sprinkle the gelatin (or the Agar Agar for vegetarians) over the milk in a small saucepan. Let sit for about 1 to 2 minutes or until it dissolves and swells a little. Add the sugar and warm over low heat, stir while it warms but be sure not to boil, for about a minute, until both the sugar and gelatin dissolve. (Rub between your fingers and see if there is any grittiness left.) Whisk in the cream and vanilla.
Pour into 4 to 6 small molds. Cover each with plastic and refrigerate until /set at least 4 hours. When you are ready to serve dip ramekins, 1 at a time, into a cup of hot water 3 seconds. Run a thin knife around edge of each ramekin and invert ramekin onto the center of a small plate. Top with fresh berries.
Option: Slice strawberries or use other berries, place in a bowl and add a little sugar. Allow the berries to sit while the Panna Catta is setting. It will make its own little fruit sauce to top the dessert.
*Optional: Stir in chocolate chips at the very end in the warm milk and stir just a little to swirl or mix until all chocolate is melted and mixed.
*Option: You can substitute pureed fruit for the milk.
*Option: If you use coconut milk, it is thicker and sweeter than milk so reduce the sugar.