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Total Time

4 hours 30 minutes
(includes chilling time)

Skill Level


Homemade Recipes

Classic Vanilla Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is a creamy and elegant Italian dessert that has gained worldwide popularity. This classic vanilla version is smooth, rich, and simply irresistible, making it the perfect way to end any meal.

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes
(4 hours chill time)



Estimated Cost


Ingredient List

  • 1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Fresh berries or fruit sauce, for garnish (optional)

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Our Classic Vanilla Panna Cotta recipe uses high-quality ingredients to create a luxurious and velvety dessert that’s sure to impress your guests. With its straightforward preparation, this timeless Italian classic is a must-try for dessert lovers.

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Step by Step Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let it stand for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, milk, and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the softened gelatin to the hot cream mixture. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly among four ramekins or dessert cups.
  6. Cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 4 hours, or until the panna cotta is set and firm to the touch.
  7. When ready to serve, you can either enjoy the panna cotta directly from the ramekins or unmold them onto dessert plates. To unmold, gently run a knife around the edge of each ramekin and invert onto a plate. Garnish with fresh berries or fruit sauce, if desired.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a more authentic Italian taste, use our store’s premium imported vanilla extract.
  • To make your Panna Cotta even more indulgent, try using our rich, store-brand heavy cream.
  • Customize your Panna Cotta with our wide variety of fruit sauces and compotes available at our market.
  • Add a touch of elegance by serving your Panna Cotta in our beautiful Italian dessert cups or ramekins.
  • Pair your Panna Cotta with a sweet Italian wine from our curated selection to elevate the dessert experience.

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