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Panna cotta is one of those luscious Italian desserts that seem difficult to make. In reality, that couldn't be further from the truth. Making panna cotta is a very simple process that yields spectacular results.
Essentially, you need to heat up cream (although some modern versions use milk) and thicken it with gelatin. Of course, there is a technique involved in the process and that is what you must master. It really all boils down to letting the gelatin 'bloom' in the liquid before heating it up. This video shows you how:
You see? It's not so complicated! Now that you've got the hang of making panna cotta you can give it a go with these Italian dessert recipes perfect for entertaining:
A blueberry compote infused with white wine and bay leaf adds a gourmet touch to vanilla panna cotta.
Think traditional panna cotta is too rich? Lighten things up with yogurt and garnish with luscious rhubarb compote and fresh mint for a burst of color and flavor.
To make this vegan panna cotta you'll need to use agar agar, a seaweed-based thickener that yields similar results to gelatin.