This light and creamy lemon berry panna cotta dessert couldn’t be any easier to make, but it is one of those things that looks spectacular. I love desserts like that! This panna cotta takes very little time to make and I think it would make a perfect end to a Valentine’s Day meal. ❤
Panna cotta, which means “cooked cream” is a traditional italian custard. It can be put in glasses or bowls, like I have done or molded and served on a plate. I have added lemon flavouring to the panna cotta, but I have also seen versions with vanilla, coffee or rum. You can also try other fruit or berries for the topping. So many options!
If you run out of ideas for delicious sweet toppings on your panna cotta, don’t worry, many people also enjoy savoury panna cottas!! Imagine adding freshly grated parmesan cheese, herbs, and tomatoes to your panna cotta or perhaps bacon. As I mentioned before, there are multiple ways to dress up your panna cotta. However, my favourite so far is this lemon berry panna cotta!!
Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns.
Lemon Berry Panna Cotta Recipe
Lemon Berry Panna Cotta
For Panna Cotta
- 1 cup milk whole
- 2½ tsp gelatin unflavored
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ½ cup sugar plus 1 Tbsp more if needed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups raspberries fresh
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 lemon zest only
For Panna Cotta
- Add whole milk in a sauce pan and sprinkle on the gelatin. Let stand 4 to 5 min until gelatin is softened. Cook on medium/low heat and stir until gelatin dissolves and mixture is steaming. Do not boil.
- Add heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Stir over medium/low heat until sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes.
- Place sour cream in a medium bowl and while whisking, slowly add the warm cream mixture. Mix until smooth.
- Pour into wine glasses or ramekins. Refrigerate 6 hours until set.
- Combine half the fresh berries, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar in a pan. Bring to a boil and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until syrupy.
- Stir in remaining fresh berries and remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature and then spoon over the chilled panna cottas.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Fun fact about panna cotta is that it is always gluten-free. As long as your dairy and gelatin are gluten-free, you are good to go!! I love how this dessert can be so versatile! You can keep the dessert low in sugar or no sugar at all. If you are looking for an alternative to refined sugar, you can try some other sweeteners like agave, honey or maple syrup! Adding fresh berries is a great way to sweeten any panna cotta naturally!!
Let me know if you try this Lemon Berry Panna Cotta recipe.