Lemon Panna Cotta is a show-stopper that’s creamy and smooth with refreshing lemon accents. An easy, make-ahead dessert you can make year-round for a party or just a casual weeknight dinner with no baking required! Plus video tutorial!

Lemon Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a classic dessert hailing from Italy, where it translates as “cooked cream”. It’s a pudding that is softly set using gelatin to create a magically firm, but velvety and smooth texture. Our Mango Panna Cotta is one of the most popular recipes on the site, and uses a similar technique as the one here.

You make the panna cotta mixture in a saucepan, and then it’s refrigerated in stemless wine glasses to set. You can garnish with lemon zest, crushed chocolate, raspberries, pomegranate, the sky is the limit!

Lemon Panna Cotta in a stemless wine glass garnished with lemon zest and crushed chocolate

Watch How to Make Lemon Panna Cotta

Lemon Panna Cotta served in a stemless wine glass
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Lemon Panna Cotta (with Video)

Lemon Panna Cotta is a show-stopper that's creamy and smooth with refreshing lemon accents. An easy, make-ahead dessert you can make year-round for a party or just a casual weeknight dinner with no baking required!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 oz lemon jello powder
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • shaved chocolate, optional
  • lemon zest, optional

Instructions

  • Set aside four medium-size stemless wine glasses. 
  • Prepare the lemon jello according to the instructions on the box.
  • Fill each glass one third full with the jello. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until set.

Panna Cotta

  • To a medium saucepan, add the milk and sprinkle powdered gelatin on top. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Place over low-medium heat and stir slowly for one minute. Add the sugar and stir for another minute until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cream, vanilla and salt.
  • Once the mixture is lukewarm, pour it on top of the lemon jello, distributing evenly between the glasses.
  • Chill 1-2 hours more to set.
  • Garnish with optional lemon zest and chocolate. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • To cool the panna cotta quickly, set the saucepan in a water bath of ice cubes and water, and stir slowly. It should cool down within approximately 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 4g, Sodium: 687mg, Sugar: 34g
Author: TipBuzz
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lemon panna cotta, panna cotta

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