Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert known for its creamy texture and delicate flavor. The name "panna cotta" translates to "cooked cream" in Italian, reflecting its simple yet elegant preparation. This dessert is made by simmering cream, sugar, and gelatin until the mixture thickens, then adding vanilla or other flavorings for a delightful taste.

The origins of panna cotta can be traced back to the Piedmont region of Italy, where it was traditionally served as a light and refreshing dessert after meals. Over time, it has gained popularity worldwide and is now enjoyed in various forms with different toppings such as fruit sauce, caramel, or chocolate.

Panna cotta's appeal lies in its versatility and ease of preparation, making it a favorite among home cooks and professional chefs alike. Its smooth and creamy texture, combined with the richness of the cream and the subtle sweetness, makes it a delightful treat for any occasion.


- 2 cups heavy cream

- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 2 1/4 teaspoons gelatin powder

- 3 tablespoons cold water

Method of Preparation:

1. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let it sit for about 5 minutes to soften.

2. In a saucepan, combine heavy cream and sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot but not boiling.

3. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the softened gelatin mixture until completely dissolved.

4. Stir in the vanilla extract.

5. Pour the mixture into individual serving cups or molds.

6. Chill the Panna Cotta in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until set.

7. Once set, serve the Panna Cotta with your choice of fruit sauce, caramel, or other toppings.

Nutrition Value:

1. Heavy Cream (2 cups):

  - Calories: Approximately 1,440 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 16 grams

  - Protein: About 12 grams

  - Fat: Roughly 160 grams

  - Sodium: Varies but typically less than 100 mg

  - Cholesterol: Around 900 mg

  - Vitamins: Contains vitamin A, D, E, and K

  - Minerals: Contains calcium and phosphorus

  - Nutritional Benefit: Heavy cream provides a rich source of calories and fats, along with essential vitamins like vitamin A for vision health and vitamin D for bone strength. It also contributes to the creamy texture and flavor of desserts like panna cotta.

2. Granulated Sugar (1/2 cup):

  - Calories: Approximately 400 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 100 grams

  - Protein: Negligible

  - Fat: Negligible

  - Sodium: 2 mg

  - Cholesterol: 0 mg

  - Nutritional Benefit: Provides quick energy due to its high carbohydrate content. However, excessive consumption can lead to blood sugar spikes and related health issues.

3. Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon):

  - Calories: Approximately 12 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 0.6 grams

  - Protein: Negligible

  - Fat: Negligible

  - Sodium: 0.6 mg

  - Cholesterol: 0 mg

  - Nutritional Benefit: Adds flavor and aroma without significant calories or nutrients. Some studies suggest that vanilla extract may have antioxidant properties.

4. Gelatin Powder (2 1/4 teaspoons):

  - Calories: Approximately 23 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 0.6 grams

  - Protein: About 5.7 grams

  - Fat: Negligible

  - Sodium: 6 mg

  - Cholesterol: 0 mg

  - Vitamins: Contains small amounts of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (niacin)

  - Minerals: Contains small amounts of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium

  - Nutritional Benefit: Gelatin provides a source of protein, although it is not a complete protein as it lacks certain amino acids. It is commonly used as a thickening agent in desserts like panna cotta.

5. Cold Water (3 tablespoons):

  - Calories: 0 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: 0 grams

  - Protein: 0 grams

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: 0 mg

  - Cholesterol: 0 mg

  - Nutritional Benefit: Hydrates the body without adding calories, carbohydrates, or other nutrients. Water is essential for overall health and proper bodily functions.

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