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Aug 2, 2021

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Sauce

This panna cotta with fresh raspberry sauce tastes like heaven in a spoon. 

Yogurt Panna Cotta with a spoonful.


Panna cotta means "cooked cream" in Italian. It is an easy and elegant make-ahead dessert. Basic panna cotta consists of cream, sugar, and gelatin, and sometimes vanilla. This recipe also includes yogurt and Grand Marnier liqueur. 

It's hard to describe what panna cotta is like or can be compared to. Some say it's like flan or pudding, but there are no eggs, just cream, sugar, and flavoring. You could compare it to berries and whipped cream, except the cream is thickened with a bit of gelatin. 

Regardless, it's so delicious and makes a stunning presentation. 

Yogurt Panna Cotta in jars.

Panna cotta is the perfect dessert at the end of a multi-course dinner. It is light and refreshing, heavy cream notwithstanding. I served it after a dinner party with a very eclectic menu of two appetizers (seasoned cashews and caprese salad skewers), a salad with oranges, olives, endive, shallots, radicchio, and arugula salad with a cider and Dijon dressing, and pork pozole verde with all of the garnishes. 

This panna cotta was the perfect ending. No matter how full my guests were, everyone devoured every last bit. 


Unflavored gelatin: it usually comes in powdered form in a box with envelopes in the grocery store. It's also available in sheet form, but usually only from restaurant supply places. Be sure to bloom the gelatin before adding it to the heated cream. 

Heavy cream

Plain whole milk yogurt: It adds a wonderful tang to the dessert, plus, you get all of the benefits from natural yogurt because it is not heated. 

Vanilla bean paste


Grand Marnier liqueur: For a little sophistication. 

Yogurt Panna Cotta in jars.

This panna cotta is extra easy to make. Typically, when you make panna cotta, you cook the cream, sugar, and gelatin and then chill the cooked ingredients in an ice water bath. 

Because you mix the simmered cream into the cold yogurt, there is no need to put the mixed ingredients into an ice bath and let it cool and thicken. All you need to do is divide the mixture among the serving dishes and refrigerate. 

Panna Cotta Recipe Tips and Variations:

This panna cotta is light on gelatin and is best served in ramekins or glasses. If you'd rather serve them as molds, double the amount of gelatin in the recipe. I prefer the this less firm version. 

If you prefer, you can substitute half and half or milk for the cream in this recipe. If you do, be sure to increase the gelatin by an additional half teaspoon. 

You can vary the flavoring by replacing the vanilla bean paste with other flavors. 

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Sauce in jars.

I topped this panna cotta with a fresh raspberry sauce along with a few fresh raspberries. The raspberry sauce is to die for. I recently used leftovers to top a cheesecake and it definitely made the dessert a thousand more times tasty. 

To make the sauce, you melt some raspberry jam and then run it through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. 

Next, you cook some fresh raspberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan and simmer the mixture for four minutes. 

After that, you combine the cooked raspberries, jam, and some Chamborde in a food processor or blender and then chill the mixture until you are ready to top the panna cottas. The sauce is amazing. 

Yogurt Panna Cotta with raspberries and sauce.

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Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Sauce in jars.

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Sauce
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min
This panna cotta with fresh raspberry sauce tastes like heaven in a spoon.


Panna Cotta
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier liqueur
  • Fresh raspberry sauce
  • 12 to 16 Fresh raspberries for garnish
Fresh Raspberry Sauce
  • 3 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam (see note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chamborde liqueur


To Make the Panna Cotta
  1. Sprinkle the gelatin in the water in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the 3/4 cup of the cream and the yogurt, and vanilla bean paste. 
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the rest of the cream and the sugar and bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves. 
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the gelatin mixture. Pour the hot cream into the bowl of the mixed yogurt and cream and whisk. Stir in the Grand Marnier. 
  5. Divide the mixture among 4 serving glasses and refrigerate, uncovered until totally cooled. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  6. Before serving, Spoon 2 tablespoons of the raspberry sauce over the panna cotta and add more fresh raspberries. 
Fresh Raspberry Sauce
  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the raspberries, sugar, and water to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for four minutes. 
  2. Add the simmered raspberries, the jam, and the Chamborde to a food processor or blender and process until everything is blended. 
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for up to a week. 


If you can't find seedless raspberry jam, heat some seeded jam and press it through a mesh sieve.

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This recipe can easily be doubled. 

P.S. Be sure to check out my coconut panna cotta. It really doesn't taste like coconut. It just includes coconut water and coconut milk, and it has a lot less calories for those of you who are into lightened up recipes. 

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Would you like to comment?

  1. Will you please invite me to your house for dinner??? Not only does this panna cotta sound amazing, that dinner party menu is absolutely intriguing!

  2. I have never made nor have I eaten panna cotta. This post makes me wonder why that is....Thanks for the shove, Karen.

  3. My daughter loves Panama cotta and I have wanted to make it for her. I’ve been afraid to try but your steps are clear. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  4. I am embarrassed to say that I have never had panna cotta, what kind of Italian am I!?! Well that is changing this week! YUM!

  5. Stunning pannacotta! I would love to try this!

  6. I love Panna Cotta! This looks amazing, and those raspberries put it over the top. Beautiful!

  7. This is one of those things I order when I'm out but have been intimidated to try at home. You've written everything out so clearly, I'm going to have to give it a try!

    1. You will be so surprised at how easy it is!

  8. This is such an elegant presentation and a lovely, summery dessert! And the raspberry sauce itself is to die for!

  9. This Panna Cotta looks so elegant. The fresh raspberry sauce bring the entire dessert over the top!

  10. Oh wow! This dessert looks so delicious and perfect.

  11. What an elegant and delicious summer dessert! The raspberry topping looks so good and pretty.

  12. This is stunning! I love panna cotta, and the raspberry topping looks incredible.


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