Long ago before we moved to New York, we were visiting the city and had panna cotta at an Italian restaurant. Quinn was instantly smitten with that sweet, creamy dessert. Ever since then, he has been asking me to make it, but I’ve kept putting it off thinking that it would be a challenge to make.
Oh, how wrong I was.
Once I finally started researching how to make panna cotta, I quickly realized that it’s incredibly simple to make. We’re talking embarrassingly simple. I’m a bit ashamed that I’ve not been making this amazing dessert with regularity, especially given how much Quinn loves it.
If you aren’t familiar with panna cotta, it’s an Italian dessert made mainly from cream and usually flavored with vanilla. I’ve read that true traditional panna cotta is made differently from the recipe I’m sharing with you. But, this type of preparation has become pretty common.
So, the gist is you simmer some cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla for a bit. Add in some gelatin to help it hold its shape, divide it into small glasses or ramekins, and chill. That’s seriously all there is to it.
To tune these even more toward Quinn’s taste, I added a thin layer of salted caramel to the bottom of each glass. For simplicity’s sake, I used Brooklyn’s own Spoonable Salty Caramel. It’s one of my favorite brands, and it’s available in a shop in my neighborhood. If you prefer to make your own, you can take the simple route by starting with soft caramels or make it from scratch. I’ve also made these with jam or preserves for a simple fruity twist. Or, just serve them without anything extra.
I’m happy to tell you that not only are these beauties simple to make, they are also wonderfully delicious. I really love that bite of salted caramel along with the sweet, vanilla flavor of the panna cotta. I’ve definitely found my new go-to recipe for a simple, elegant dessert.
14 Comments on “Salted Caramel Panna Cotta”
Looks delicious! Thanks. Where did you get your great glasses?
Thanks, Sue! I got them at West Elm and use them quite often. Here’s a link: Bormioli Rocco Bodega Modern Wine Glasses
Thanks so much Jennifer. I’m new to your blog and have printed many of your recipes. Can’t wait to try them all.
I’m glad you’re here! Happy baking!
I’ve never had or made panna cotta before. It sounds like something I would enjoy though especially with the caramel!
This sounds delicious…I’ve been looking for a simple recipe, and this is it! Thank you!
BEST. PANNA COTTA. EVER!!!
These look so good. I love salted caramel!
I agree with you – panna cotta is super simple to make! And I just love the super silky texture. Such an impressive dessert!
I was reading somewhere someone was saying salted caramel was on its way out and I wanted to tell them to hush their mouth. Salted caramel is amazing and it is here to stay! Panna cotta is so easy to make and so impressive and I love that you made it with salted caramel – YUMMY!!!
Salted caramel will never go away if I have any say in the matter!
I love panna cotta and this flavor has me ready to head to the kitchen. Sounds divine.
Such a lovely idea to layer caramel with panna cotta. Beautiful!
I’ve never made panna cotta either for fear of it being too difficult!! Now I just feel silly. And like I need this.