Citrus Panna Cotta Recipe

About: Panna cotta, Italian for "cooked cream", is a delicious and simple dessert that can be served for any occasion. It is light and creamy, as well as extremely versatile when it comes to flavor. At La Villa Restaurant & Bar, chefs utilize the taste of citrus fruit to create a unique version all their own. Now you can prepare this easy-to-make dessert in your own home and share the delight of panna cotta with your family and friends.

Recipe Info

Restaurant: La Villa Restaurant & Bar | San Diego

Servings: 13
Prep Time: 2 hour(s) 30 minutes
Cuisine: Italian
Meal Type: Dinner
Main Ingredient: cream
Dish Type: Dessert
Cooking Method: Simmer
Season/Occasion: Any Occasion
Dificulty: Easy
Vegetarian: No



For the panna cotta: Lightly oil the insides of 13 four-ounce plastic cups.

Combine the cream, milk, vanilla bean paste, sugar and the citrus zest from the three fruits in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is thoroughly heated, fragrant and the sugar has dissolved.

Place the gelatin in a heatproof mixing bowl and add about 1 cup of the hot cream-milk mixture, whisking until the gelatin has thouroughly dissolved. Add the remaining cream-milk mixture. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a large heatproof measuring cup. Discard the solids.

Divide the mixture evenly among the individual cups. Cover and refrigerate until set.

Recipe Note:

One week shelf life.

Prep Time Note:

30 minutes of preparation prior to refrigeration. Approximately 2 hours to set properly in fridge.


3 C. Heavy cream 1 C. Whole milk 1 Tbsp. Vanilla bean paste 1/2 C. Sugar 1 Finely grated zest of lemon 1 Finely grated zest of lime 1 Finely grated zest of orange 7 Gelatin sheets


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