Lemon Blueberry Panna Cotta

Dessert, Fruit Desserts, Puddings and Custards, Summer Recipes | 11 comments

I recently made Panna Cotta for the first time. It’s probably the easiest, fanciest dessert I’ve ever made. It looks special; it tastes special, but it’s really nothing more than gelled cream. This recipe is a perfect summer dessert because berries are in season and it doesn’t require turning on the oven in an already hot kitchen. You can mix this up with different flavors – orange and raspberry, vanilla and strawberry. I picked lemon and blueberry because that is a favorite flavor combination of mine. Add in a touch of vanilla to that and it’s golden!

As far as the price, I’d consider this a fairly inexpensive dessert when you do the shopping right. I pick up heavy cream and half and half frequently at Costco to have on had for when the need arises. The size isn’t your typical “Costco size,” but the price is better than I’ve found at grocery stores. Berries are frequently on sale during summer months. The time I made this, I found them on sale for 79 cents per container. If your location allows, head to the farmers market or a you-pick farm for a fun activity.

Lemon Blueberry Panna Cotta
a goodLife {eats} creation
4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 3/4 cups cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup half and half or whole milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, divided
  • lemon zest, to garnish, optional

Sprinkle the gelatin over the of water in a small bowl. Let sit to soften.

Put the half and half or milk in a small saucepan with the sugar over medium heat and heat until bubbles form around the edges. Whisk until all the sugar is dissolved. Take off the heat and whisk in the gelatin mixture until completely dissolved. Whisk in the cream, salt, lemon extract, and vanilla extract.

Clean and dry the blueberries. Divide half of the berries between 4 6-8 ounce cups or bowls. Fill each one partway with the berries. Pour the panna cotta mixture over the berries and chill until set.

Before serving, divide the remaining berries between the cups, piling them on top of the set custard. Garnish with lemon zest.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Sam - July 17, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    Lemon + Blueberry is a fav of mine as well! This looks delicious.


  • 2
    Melody - July 17, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    I've always wanted to try this. Glad to know that it's pretty easy and economical. Thanks! It looks delicious!


  • 3
    Pili - July 17, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

    Yum!! Sounds absolutely yummy!


  • 4
    Jennifer - July 17, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

    YUM!!! I love the combination here! I fully enjoy making panna cotta too- so easy and the variations of additions is endless! beautiful pictures :)


  • 5
    mandi - July 19, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

    Is there any way to use real lemon without making it all curdle? I have gelatin in the house for the first time ever, and blueberries from the farmer's market, so this was a fortuitous find!


  • 6
    Zaz - July 20, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    hello :-) i don't like using gelatin, do you think this can substituted with corn starch?thank you


  • 7
    Deanna - July 20, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

    Found your blog by way of Culinary Snapshot. Your photos are so beautiful and I'm looking forward to browsing your recipes. Thanks!


  • 8
    Bethie - July 20, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

    I think I am going to have to try this. It looks wonderful.


  • 9
    samsstuff - July 20, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

    Sounds divine! Thanks for posting, blueberry & lemon are a perfect combination for this.


  • 10
    Temma - July 21, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    Zaz, you should be able to substitute Agar-agar, which is made from seaweed, for the gelatin.


  • 11
    Katie @ goodLife {eats} - July 21, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    mandi – you could perhaps use lemon zest instead. I would rub the sugar with it (using your hands) and then add the lemon zest/sugar to the saucepan as directed. Zaz – glad someone knew the answer to your question, because I didn't!


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