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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée

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Vanilla Panna Cotta topped with Strawberry Gelée is an elegant dessert! If you dare, tilt your serving glasses while layering for a gorgeous presentation.

Luscious and smooth, this easy panna cotta recipe topped with strawberry gelee was a spectacular dessert for the eyes and palate.  I chose a lovely strawberry topping, but, alternatively, serving with a side of strawberry sauce would have been just as nice.

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée in a glass topped with fresh strawberries

Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe

On this second attempt, seven years after my first,  I angled the glass serving dishes as I placed them on a tea towel-lined muffin tin. I wasn’t sure how I’d move these precariously perched glasses and tin into the refrigerator, but thankfully, I did.

This extra step was so the panna cotta layer chilled and solidified on an angle. Once that layer was firm, I turned the glasses upright before adding the strawberry gelee!

 Two Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée in martini glasses

A Daring Bakers Remake

My first go-round of this Vanilla Panna Cotta was in 2011 as part of the Daring Bakers group. Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen challenged everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentis recipe.

With that batch, my strawberry gelee was more red than pink; it all depends on the color of your berries. I ended up making a triple batch of the gelee but still didn’t have enough to fill all the angled voids created from chilling the panna cotta on an incline.  Feel free to make layers flat and parallel, but I think you’ll still want a double batch of the jellied topping.

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelee

A classic Italian dessert topped with gelled strawberry sauce

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 8


Panna Cotta:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon (1/4 ounce) unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Strawberry Gelee (doubling recommended)*:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/8 ounce) unflavored powdered gelatin


Pour the milk into a saucepan and sprinkle gelatin evenly and thinly over the milk. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.

Place over medium heat on the stove.  Add vanilla bean. Heat this mixture until it is hot, but not boiling, about five minutes, whisking occasionally.

Next, add the cream, honey, sugar, and pinch of salt. Making sure the mixture doesn't boil, continue to heat and stir occasionally until the sugar and honey have dissolved 5-7 minutes.  Remove vanilla bean.

Remove from heat, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then pour into  glasses or ramekins. If you'd like an angled version, place a towel across a muffin tin and set the glasses in the tin at a slight angle before pouring.

Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight before adding gelee.

To make gelee, sprinkle gelatin over water.

Place fruit and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Now mix the gelatin into the strawberry mixture and stir until gelatin has dissolved.

Remove from heat, strain and allow to cool (close to room temp, again, if you're planning on layering on pouring on top of your Panna Cotta, a hot mixture will melt your chilled Panna Cotta). Divide the gelee between the vanilla panna cottas.

Chill until gelee gels. Serve with fresh berries, if desired.



 Servings will vary depending on the size of your serving dishes.

*Triple the gelee if you want the angled presentation.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 6g


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26 comments on “Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée”

  1. A light and very beautiful dessert!

  2. Liz, they are so pretty! It’s ages since I made Panna Cotta and so it’s a wonderful idea. Our strawberries are not out yet but when they do, can’t wait. Love that your topping is so full of berries and bursting with flavour!

  3. My panna cotta needs to look like this I just have to make this every one will think I bought it. This is gorgeous!

  4. This is beautiful! And easier to make than I though!

  5. Very fancy! This really looks special:@)

  6. These are so pretty Liz – what a great dessert for the upcoming Easter holidays. Pinned!

  7. You rock RED. I’ve noticed this fact before. You make red look like the most delicious color there is. GREG

  8. Hi Liz, this would make a great birthday dessert! I’d be honoured if you would share this with everyone over at Food on Friday: March. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  9. I adore panna cotta!

  10. This looks so elegant and also so very tasty!

  11. These are so beautiful! Simple and elegant, and so flavourful! Love these for a dinner party Liz!!

  12. I’ve seen this before and have always thought it looked so pretty. I haven’t made it yet but it’s on my list. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Yours looks perfect!

  13. I haven’t made panna cotta in ages- this looks gorgeous and is gluten free too -must give it a try!

  14. This is such a gorgeous dessert. Love how you made it fancy with the angled effect. Perfect light dessert to head into spring with. Pinned!

  15. This is a real showstopper Liz! I was a member of the Daring Bakers at the same time and my panna cotta was not noteworthy!

  16. Perfect creamy light dessert!

  17. As beautiful as tasty I am sure.

  18. they look adorable! I’m looking for some special desserts for my mother’s birthday next weekend.
    I would put this amazing panna cotta in my list xD

  19. what a lovely, silky version of panna cotta. the berries make the composition beautiful – and delicious too, I’m sure. Last time I made panna cotta, it didn’t gel very well. I’ll try this recipe next time for sure.

  20. This looks so elegant and also so very tasty!

  21. These are so beautiful! Thank you!

  22. Thank you for doing this. Your work is so lovely and it’s really kind of you to share.

  23. can we do it without eggs?

  24. It tastes as good as it looks. Thank you for the recipe Liz!

  25. This recipe is amazing in taste and i’m loving this one and my kids is also loving the vanilla panna cotta strawberry gelee recipe and it also easy in making.

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