Panna Cotta Topped With Sugared Berries

panna cotta

Panna cotta is a rich and creamy dessert with a silky sweet milk flavor. The base is versatile and can be flavored using extracts, spices, citrus zests. 

This recipe is for a sweet cream and buttermilk base that is topped with macerated berries.
This dessert is so simple but will make you look like a professional pastry chef at your next dinner party. Keep reading after the recipe to see the plating techniques. 
panna cotta with berries

Panna Cotta

You will love this sweet and creamy dessert. Don't forget to check out my plating techniques to elevate your display.
Servings 8 4 ounce portions


  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 2 ounces cold water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup milk
  • tsp vanilla extract

Macerated Berries

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest


  • Bloom gelatin in the cold water by stirring the gelatin into the water to be sure it will all bloom evenly. When its bloomed melt in the microwave and set aside.
    1 packet unflavored gelatin, 2 ounces cold water
  • Add the cream, sugar, and salt to a pot and heat to melt the sugar. You don't want the cream to get to hot because you'll just need to cool it down again. Heat just until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    2 cups heavy cream, ¾ cups sugar, ¼ tsp salt
  • Stir in the gelatin and allow the mixture to cool 15 minutes.
  • mix together the buttermilk, milk and vanilla extract and add to the cream mixture.
    1½ cups buttermilk, ¼ cup milk, 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pour into vessels of choice and wrap with plastic wrap. Allow to set in the refrigerator overnight.

Macerated Berries

  • Don't macerate the berries to early. I recommend doing this 1-2 hours before you need it.
  • Slices berries to desired size and place into a bowl.
    1 cup strawberries, 1 cup blueberries
  • Add sugar and lemon zest to the bowl and mix.
    1 tbsp lemon zest, ¼ cup sugar
  • Refrigerate until needed.

The first plating option is to keep it simple, choose a decorative glass and add your liquid panna cotta to set. When you’re ready to serve top with a couple spoonful’s of the fruit mixture and as an added option – dust on a little no melt snow sugar or powdered sugar.

panna cotta with macerated berries

If you prefer a shorter ramekin with a wider opening, you can really get creative by placing a little jam into a parchment piping bag and writing out a little message, or drawing a few dots. Strategically place your berries off to the side leaving you room to create.

panna cotta in ramekin

If this seems intimidatingly, or you try it and royally mess up.. don’t worry, just slap some more fruit on there and no one will know.

panna cotta

The last plating option requires stemless wine glasses and an additional glass for each to sit on. I put a little plastic wrap under each wine glass to help prevent sliding. Tilting the wine glass on an angle will allow the panna cotta to set on a slant making a very cool display.

setting panna cotta

When you add your berries, use a spoon and pay mind to not drip onto the cream so it looks clean.

add berries with spoon

As an additional option, make some strawberry gelatin and pour it onto the berries to create a double set effect.

panna cotta with gelatin
panna cotta with berries and gelatin

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoying making this dessert for your friends and family.

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