Panna cotta with lemon and strawberry purée

by smth good on May 15, 2011

in desserts

It’s Sunday so we are in the mood for a fresh dessert to celebrate this spectacular weather; summer is finally here. And what could be the perfect way to celebrate if not this light panna cotta with a fresh strawberry purée?

Utensils: blender, sauce pan, sieve, ramekins (or any other forms)

Serves 8; prep. time 30 minutes (+2 hours for refrigerating)


  • 1 liter heavy cream
  • 500 ml milk (3.5% fat)
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • 12 tbsp sugar
  • 25 grams powdered gelatin
  • a pinch of salt

strawberry purée

  • 600 grams fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
  • lemon juice (half of lemon)
  • powdered sugar to taste

Heat the heavy cream, milk, sugar, salt and lemon zest in a sauce pan. Let them reach the boiling point and turn off the heat after 1 minute.

Add the powdered gelatin and stir well until well dissolved.  Let it rest for 15 minutes.

Prepare 8 ramekins or any forms you wish and spray some oil on the interior (very little, just to allow panna cotta to unmold easily).

Pour the mixture evenly into the 8 ramekins through a sieve.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Prepare the purée. Mix in a blender the strawberries, sugar to taste and the juice from half a lemon. Add in the finely chopped mint leaves and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Serving: unmold the panna cotta onto plates and serve with strawberry purée.

To easily unmold the panna cotta, warm the edges of the forms with your palms; the oil will help unmold easily. If you don’t use oil, use a sharp knife and run it around the edges.

If you want to skip the unmold part due to lack of time, you can pour the mixture into cocktail glasses and serve the panna cotta straight from them.

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Jill Colonna May 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

Hmm. Panna cotta is one of my absolute favourites. Love it with the fresh strawberries and the mint. So refreshingly summer!


Something_good May 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

@Jill, thanks for stopping by. Panna cotta and mousse sabayon are my favourite summer desserts :)


ping May 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.


Valerie May 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I made one similar to yours, it’s delicious!!! It had a great sucess


Liz May 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm

What a gorgeous dessert! Perfect for summer with fresh berries…mmmmmm.


Tiffany May 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Perfect for spring! Delicate, delicious, and seasonal!


Elyse @The Cultural Dish May 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I love panna cotta so much and your presentation is absolutely beautiful!


briarrose May 17, 2011 at 12:47 am

Beautiful. A perfect use for some lovely, fresh strawberries.


visda May 18, 2011 at 1:52 am

wow! this is gorgeous. panna cotta is my favorite dessert and with strawberry puree … couldn’t get any better. thanks for sharing such an inspiring recipe.


irena May 21, 2011 at 3:28 am

Amazing, light and so delicious. Great presentation….Bravo:)


The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time May 23, 2011 at 2:06 am

Bravo on a fantastic dessert. I adore panna cotta and the thought of having it with a fresh fruit puree makes it even more delicious. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous.


LinsFood January 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I love pannacota but don’t do very well with them! Definitely will give this one a go! Thanks for sharing! xx


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