Panna cotta is one of my all time fav desserts! I love how smooth and creamy it is - its sweet but without being sickly or over the top. Of course, panna cotta is also very easily adaptable for party food! You can serve it as part of a dessert buffet or party spread in small plastic glasses or glass jars with a spoon tied around the neck with a beautiful ribbon. Its sure to be a hit, and not just with the kids ;)


Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berry Jelly

2 teaspoons gelatine

1/4 cup castor sugar

2/3 cup milk

300mL cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 packet of raspberry jelly

Sprinkle gelatine and sugar over milk and cream in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved, without boiling. Strain into a heatproof jug and cool to room temperature. Pour into serving glasses/jars until approximately half full. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set.

Make jelly according to packet. When panna cotta is set, hold a dessert/soup spoon just above the surface of the panna cotta and pour gently until glass/jar is full. Add fresh or frozen berries if desired. Cover and refrigerate until set.

(Alternatively, make jelly first and pour into greased metal moulds. When set, gently pour cooled panna cotta over jelly, cover and refrigate until set. To serve, turn panna cottas onto serving plate.)

Makes 4 desserts or 6 party size serves.


How to theme it with your party:

  • choose a jelly colour to match your theme
  • instead of berries, add a chocolate/lolly to match your theme
  • tie a ribbon around the jar/glass
  • add a few drops of food colouring to the panna cotta to give two colours (for example, add a tiny bit of pink food colouring to the panna cotta and use red jelly for a pink/red party. Or try yellow panna cotta with blue jelly for a lego party)
  • look for jelly which has natural flavours and colours - it tastes the same but is less likely to cause hyperactive kids!


Panna Cotta

Image courtesy of Closet Cooking