Learn how to make this easy Cranberry Panna Cotta Recipe. This is a great Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert idea since the whole thing can be made ahead!
I'm a sucker for Panna Cotta any time if year, it's rich and decadent and just oh so good! This year if you are struggling for a twist on Thanksgiving desserts and the thought of making your own pie dough has you in a panic, consider a holiday-themed panna cotta instead.
What are the ingredients in making a panna cotta?
The ingredients for panna cotta are very simple which is what makes this dessert so easy. Essentially, it's heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla bean and gelatin (recipe below).
After simmering your mixture you'll want to pass it through a fine mesh seize, for the smoothest, creamiest texture.
How do you set up panna cotta?
Panna cotta needs to set and what gives you this "hold" is the gelatin. Once it's cooked with the cream it will set by refrigerating it.
How long does it take for panna cotta to set?
I find for the best texture panna cotta needs at least 4 hours in the refrigerator to set up, but overnight is even better (for the chill factor).
I love the combination of the sweet decadent cream and the tart cranberry compote, the oranges and pomegranate seeds add a nice pop of additional color and texture. It's as pretty as it it delicious!
It's an elegant dessert that can all be made the day before (my kind of entertaining!) and there's no slicing to do (even better!) just present your lovely panna cottas on a pretty tray and serve!
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FOR PANNA COTTA:
- 2 cups (480 ml) heavy cream
- 1 cup (240 ml) milk
- ¼ cup (50 g) sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped of seeds
- 1 packet gelatin (2 ½ tsp) or 2 tbsp (30 ml) agar agar
- 1 ½ cups (340 ml) cranberry juice
- ¼ cup (60 ml) fresh orange juice
- ½ cup (100 g) sugar
- 1 tsp (5 ml) orange zest
- ⅓ cup (50 g) fresh cranberries
- 1 Orange segmented
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) Pomegranate seeds
- In a large sauce pan combine heavy cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean seeds and pod. Heat on medium high until simmering and vanilla seeds have risen to the top.
- Add gelatin, whisk to combine and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until gelatin is dissolved.
- Set aside to cool.
- Pour cream base through a fine mesh sieve, transferring to a heat safe Pyrex pitcher. Then pour into serving glasses. Refrigerate uncovered 4 hours or overnight.
- For the compote, add juices, sugar, zest and cranberries in a shallow sauté pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by at least half. Break down cranberries by mashing with a fork. Continue to simmer until sauce is slightly syrupy and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to a heat safe container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
- To serve, dollop compote on the center of each panna cotta, and top with orange segments and fresh pomegranate seeds.
NOTE: Both the panna cottas and compote can be made the day ahead, just don’t top with compote until moments before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g