My own version of the Italian dessert favorite. 'Panna Cotta' literally means 'cooked cream.' I made it for my husband to take to a work function and they loved it! They send him home with a request for it every year now! I created the simple strawberry sauce to accompany it. It really makes the dish!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour the milk into a bowl; sprinkle the gelatin over the milk. Allow mixture to sit until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes.

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  • Combine the cream and 1/4 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the gelatin mixture; cook and stir until gelatin dissolves completely, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract. Pour the mixture evenly into ramekins; cover and chill at least 4 hours.

  • To make the strawberry sauce, combine the strawberries, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat. While the mixture cooks, crush the strawberries with a potato masher. Simmer the sauce until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes; cool.

  • Remove chilled ramekins from the refrigerator shortly before serving. Dip the bottoms of the cups in warm water to help loosen the custard. Run a thin-bladed knife around the inner edge of each ramekin to loosen the dessert; turn onto a dessert plate to unmold. Spoon strawberry sauce over panna cotta to serve.

Nutrition Facts

345.3 calories; 4.9 g protein; 29.4 g carbohydrates; 86.4 mg cholesterol; 51.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2008
this is a good one. if you really find it quite hard to remove from the ramekins you can also let it chill and serve in wineglass for a different look then garnish with sliced strawberries on top.. yumyum.. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2008
ewwww didn't turn out the right hardness even after a few DAYS in fridge. It mushed all over the plate and had little flavour. Read More
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38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2008
this is a good one. if you really find it quite hard to remove from the ramekins you can also let it chill and serve in wineglass for a different look then garnish with sliced strawberries on top.. yumyum.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2008
this is a good one. if you really find it quite hard to remove from the ramekins you can also let it chill and serve in wineglass for a different look then garnish with sliced strawberries on top.. yumyum.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
I'm italian, I live in italy and this is the dessert I make everytime I have no time to do something more complicate! It's very easy and everyone love it! In season I use strawberry like this recipe, when they are expensive, I use maple syrup or melted chocolate! If you want a chocolate version, you can add some dark chocolate to the cream and make it melting with gelatin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2008
I spent all day in the kitchen fixing dinner for my boyfriend's birthday but I should have just made this! My strawberries were particularly juicy so I didn't add any water to the sauce. It was so easy to make but looked/tasted like I'd spent all day on it. He lived in Rome for several years and insists that the panna cotta had the perfect consistency and taste. A definite must-try! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2009
very good! i used a little different sauce with it. i simply put some frozen strawberrys milk and heavy creme into a blender and liquified them. I made the Panna Cotta in wine glasses and poured the sauce into shot glasses. It looked as great as it tasted and was so much easier than trying to separate them. I would recomend this to anyone with only one downside. That being that it isn't something you can make on short notice or because you are "craving it." It takes quite a while to set up (at least 4 hours but overnite is best) but if you are planning a desert for the following evening it preps quick and is very easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
Super super easy to make. I've made it twice already and both times it was fabulous. The second time however I used my teflon coated muffin pan. They slid right off without having to dip it in hot water or cutting around the edge. It just takes some work to get the panna cotta right side up (meaning smaller side up). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2012
The dessert is really great and yummy. I follow the ingredient for pudding. For the strawberry sauce I make it much simpler. I use about 200 grams of strawberry mix with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Put them to an electrical blender. The excellent fresh sauce comes out in seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2008
Like and tasty - not too sweet - an easy elegant dessert! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/14/2008
ewwww didn't turn out the right hardness even after a few DAYS in fridge. It mushed all over the plate and had little flavour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2010
Love this easy recipe! I used a whole vanilla bean instead of the vanilla extract (softened bean in the milk then scraped out the seeds & cooked it over low heat longer). It was a hit at our dinner party -- even guests on a diet couldn't resist gobbling their's all up! Read More
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