Panna Gotcha!—Dessert for 6

“Panna Gotcha!” is a playful twist on the classic Italian dessert, panna cotta. This innovative dessert retains the creamy, silky texture of traditional panna cotta, while introducing unexpected flavor combinations for a unique culinary experience. A delightful surprise for your taste buds!

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You Need This Stuff

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mixed berries for garnish

Do This With That Stuff

  1. ‘Gather all your ingredients and cookware
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle 2 1/4 tsp of unflavored gelatin over 3 tbsp of cold water Let it sit for 5 minutes to soften
  3. In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups of heavy cream and 1/2 cup of sugar Stir the mixture with a whisk over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved
  4. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove the saucepan from heat Add the softened gelatin to the warm cream mixture and stir until it’s fully incorporated
  5. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the saucepan and stir well to combine
  6. Pour in 1/2 cup of buttermilk into the cream mixture Stir again until everything is well mixed
  7. Zest an orange using a zester or grater directly into the cream mixture Cut that orange in half and juice one half using a citrus juicer Add this juice into your saucepan as well
  8. Stir in 1/4 tsp salt into your cream mixture until it’s fully integrated
  9. Pour your Panna Gotcha! mixture through a sieve or strainer into a measuring cup to ensure there are no lumps or unwanted bits in your final dessert
  10. Divide this strained mixture evenly among six dessert dishes or ramekins using a measuring spoon set or ladle Use a rubber spatula to scrape out any remaining mixture from your saucepan or measuring cup
  11. Place these dishes in your refrigerator for at least four hours, or until they’re set and firm to touch
  12. Before serving, drizzle each dish with honey (about 1 tbsp per dish) from a sauce dish for honey drizzle
  13. Garnish each dish with mixed berries before serving’

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Beti’s Reflections

On a recent culinary adventure through Italy, I stumbled upon a delightful twist on a classic dessert that had me exclaiming, “Panna Gotcha!” This playful take on the traditional Italian Panna Cotta recipe was a revelation, combining the creamy, silky texture we all love with unexpected flavor combinations that made my taste buds dance with delight. 


The Panna Gotcha! is an easy panna cotta recipe that serves six and promises to be a crowd-pleaser at your next gathering. However, it’s worth noting that this dessert contains dairy and sugar, so it may not be suitable for those following vegan diets or those with certain dietary restrictions.


The magic of this homemade panna cotta lies in its simple yet flavorful ingredients. The heavy cream and buttermilk create a creamy base, while the orange zest adds a refreshing citrus note. Unflavored gelatin gives the dessert its characteristic wobble, and vanilla extract lends it an aromatic sweetness. A drizzle of honey enhances the natural sweetness of the dessert without overpowering it. Lastly, mixed berries garnish adds color and tartness to balance out the creaminess of this buttermilk panna cotta dessert.


Making this Italian cream dessert with berries is as easy as pie! Start by softening your gelatin in cold water – this is key to achieving that perfect panna cotta texture. Once your sugar has dissolved into your heavy cream over medium heat, you’ll add in your softened gelatin until fully incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract for added depth of flavor before introducing buttermilk into the mix for that tangy twist we love in our homemade buttermilk panna cotta! Don’t forget to zest and juice your orange directly into your mixture for a burst of citrusy freshness! Strain your mixture to ensure smoothness before dividing among ramekins and chilling until firm – patience is key here! Finally, drizzle with honey and garnish with mixed berries before serving your homemade panna cotta with berries.


So there you have it, folks! The Panna Gotcha!, a creamy buttermilk and gelatin dessert recipe that’s sure to impress. This easy Italian dessert to make at home is a testament to the beauty of Italian cuisine – simple ingredients, straightforward techniques, but an end result that’s nothing short of spectacular. Whether you’re looking for cold Italian desserts for summer or sweet treats with heavy cream and buttermilk, this honey drizzled Italian cream dessert ticks all the boxes. So why not give this traditional Italian Panna Gotcha recipe a try? Your taste buds will thank you!

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