Traditional northern Italian dessert
Panna Cotta, Italian for cooked cream, is a traditional dessert from Piedmont, Italy, involving the warming of heavy cream, sugar, gelatine, and your choice of flavourings, until the gelatine has melted.
The mixture is then chilled until set, then served with a complementary garnish such as forest fruits or chocolate sauce.
The texture of the resulting dish is similar to blancmange or egg custard - creamy, wobbly, and jelly-like.
While you can let your imagination run free as to how you flavour your panna cotta and what you serve it with, the richness of the cream is very well suited to sharper accompanying flavours such as coffee or berries.
Standard panna cotta recipe, served with raspberries
Limoncello-flavoured panna cotta with fresh strawberry sauce
With an orange and vodka kick