Thursday, November 4, 2010

Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Cognac Glaze

We absolutely love dessert, especially panna cotta! It is Mr. P’s ultimate favorite! What exactly is panna cotta you ask? It’s an Italian custard or pudding which translates in English to “cooked cream.” We like to compare its texture to that of a Spanish flan. You can make it in many different flavors; however this recipe is for the classic vanilla panna cotta. It is simply the best!

Ingredients for Panna Cotta:
1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin
7 ounces of Fage Total 2% Greek yogurt
1½ cups of heavy cream
4 teaspoons of cold water
3 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
½ cup of sugar
Mint leaves (for garnish)

Ingredients for Strawberry Cognac Glaze:
2 cups of fresh strawberries
4 tablespoons of strawberry jelly or jam
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 teaspoon of water
Sugar (to taste)
2-3 tablespoons of Cognac (brandy)

Kitchen Essentials:
Small bowl
Large bowl
Whisk Small pot
Measuring cups and spoons
Wooden spoon
4 8-ounce ramekins
Cutting board
Plastic Wrap
Spatula or butter knife

*Note* Because this dessert requires 6 hours of chilling time, it is best to make it the night before you serve it.

Directions for Panna Cotta:
Combine the gelatin and cold water in a small bowl and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and ½ cup of the heavy cream until well incorporated. In the small pot over medium heat, add the other half of the heavy cream and the sugar. When the sugar completely dissolves, pour the warm heavy cream/sugar mixture into the cold gelatin mixture and whisk. Lastly, add the cold yogurt mixture and continue to whisk. Carefully pour the panna cotta into the 4 ramekins and refrigerate uncovered for about 1 hour. After an hour, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least another 5 hours.

Directions for Strawberry Cognac Glaze:
Because the glaze is served room temperature, make one hour before serving. In a small pot, combine the strawberry jelly or jam and the water. With the heat on low, stir the mixture until the jam dissolves and becomes a thick glaze. This should take 5-10 minutes. When the jam has dissolved, add the sliced fresh strawberries and mix to coat the strawberries. Because the amount of sugar in jams and jellies differ, taste the mixture to test for sugar. If you would like it a little sweeter, then add some sugar and allow it to dissolve before removing from the heat. Off the heat, add the lemon zest and cognac. Let the glaze come to room temperature before pouring over the panna cotta.

Serving Instructions:
Remove the plastic wrap covering the panna cotta and use a small spatula or butter knife to scrape the sides of the ramekins. Quickly invert the ramekin onto individual plates and pour the strawberry cognac glaze over the panna cotta. Garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy!


  1. Yum! I love panna cotta, and with this glaze?? Yes, please! Love the combo of the strawberry with the cognac. Sounds fantastic!

  2. We love to use cognac in desserts! It infuses a luxurious and rich taste!

  3. What a lovely and gorgeous dish!!

  4. Belina and Toviewtoronto - Thanks!

  5. Beautiful dessert...and love the idea of the glaze (allergic to strawberries though).
    Cognac makes dessert so, one step yummier :)

  6. Magic of Spice= The great thing about this dessert is you can make the glaze of whatever you would like. Blueberries, raspberries, orange, lemon etc! Just sub the jam and natural fruit for whatever you would like!

  7. That looks absolutely DIVINE!! I could almost taste the lovely texture of panna cotta in my mouth.. mm mmmm!

  8. I am loving your panna cotta! Especially with that delicious glaze!

  9. I really love panna cotta too. One of my fav desserts ever. I have never had it made with greek yogurt but greek yogurt makes everything super so I've got to try this version! Thanks for sharing

  10. Great looking panna cotta, but what does it for me is the fantastic sounding glaze! Yum!

  11. So gorgeous. I keep telling myself I need to try making panna cotta but I get sidetracked by more chocolatey treats!

  12. How have I never heard of panna cotta b4!!? This looks heavanly, or sinful depending on your perspective ;)
    I'm really bad about making desserts, just ask my deprived children! By the time dessert time rolls around all I have the energy for is a glass of wine!
    I will definatley be making this one in advance and it gives me an excuse to buy cognac!! Bonus!

  13. Congrats on your top 9!! Very beautiful dessert!

  14. I have never had panna cotta but I do love flan so I am sure this would go over as a hit! Congratulations on making the Top 9. It brought me to your blog! I am currently hosting a giveaway on my blog if you are interested in entering!

  15. this looks and reads great. thank you for sharing this recipe!


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