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Creamy Panna Cotta Recipe with Cranberry Sauce

by Jamie

The best panna cotta recipe out there! Indulgent, ultra rich and creamy panna cotta topped with a bright homemade cranberry sauce. Try this quick and easy recipe! Make ahead for the perfect weeknight dessert.

panna cotta with raspberries and red berry sauceThis panna cotta with cranberry sauce is creamy, silky, and rich with a luxurious texture that makes this the best panna cotta recipe out there! Top with whatever your heart desires.  I went with a bright homemade cranberry sauce I made from my leftover homemade cranberry sauce recipe but you can go with a caramel sauce, vanilla sauce, or even just straight up honey. Fresh fruit is also fantastic. Ripe peaches, assorted berries, citrus, or even a berry compote would all make wonderful toppings.

best panna cotta with raspberries and red berry sauce

What is Panna Cotta?

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert that literally translates to ‘cooked cream.’ The cream mixture is first heated with sugar until the sugar melts. Then while still warm, gelatin and flavorings are added, and it’s then placed in the fridge to set into a rich custardy dessert. The cream can be flavored with a variety of flavors – vanilla, chocolate, berries, caramel, flavored extracts, citrus zest, etc. Once the panna cotta sets, you can top it with a variety of fruits and sauces.

Top your panna cotta with this Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe!

homemade cranberry sauce in bowl with spoon

Check out this Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe!

Tips for Making this Creamy Panna Cotta

When heating the cream mixture over the stove, make sure to stir occasionally so that a skin doesn’t form on top of your cream. If a skin does form, carefully remove it from the surface.

Use a small funnel when filling up your panna cotta mixture so that sides of your glasses remain clean.

cream mixture in a pot with glasses panna cotta in glassesTightly wrap your panna cotta containers in plastic wrap and place it the fridge to set. Make sure your plastic wrap is air tight as dairy can absorb flavors from your fridge.

panna cotta recipe in a baking dishAdd your topping to the chilled panna cotta. If you’re using a chocolate or caramel sauce or fruit compote, make sure it’s chilled so it doesn’t melt the panna cotta. In my case, I went with a chilled bright, refreshing cranberry sauce which perfectly compliments the richness of this panna cotta.

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If you love custardy desserts, try this Custard Bread Pudding Recipe! 

custard bread pudding with raspberries and caramel syrup

Check out this Custard Bread Pudding Recipe!

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panna cotta with raspberries and red berry sauce

Creamy Panna Cotta Recipe with Cranberry Sauce

Indulgent, ultra rich and creamy panna cotta topped with a bright homemade cranberry sauce. A quick and easy recipe that makes the perfect make ahead dessert.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 247.45kcal



  • Add the milk, heavy cream, and sugar into a pot and bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally so a skin doesn't form. Turn off the heat.
  • Add in the vanilla and the bloomed gelatin. Keep stirring until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
  • Funnel into small glasses and set in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.
  • Top with cranberry sauce or other any toppings of your choice.


Calories: 247.45kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.12g | Protein: 2.46g | Fat: 22.37g | Saturated Fat: 13.94g | Cholesterol: 83.36mg | Sodium: 38.9mg | Potassium: 99.94mg | Sugar: 8.59g | Vitamin A: 946.92IU | Vitamin C: 0.36mg | Calcium: 84.77mg
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1 comment

Magaret March 23, 2019 - 4:15 pm

5 stars
This was creamy, silky, and not too sweet. Just how I like my desserts! I used a strawberry puree instead of cranberries and it was delicious!