Valentine’s Recipe: Vanilla Panna Cotta

Cooking is just one of the many ways we show our family we care. For me, sharing a meal together brings us all to the table where we can engage with one another about our day, talk about our struggles, and dream about the future.

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you my recipe for Vanilla Panna Cotta (it’s great year round, but it’s a beautiful addition to your family’s Valentine’s dinner). The below recipe makes two servings so multiply as needed.




1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

1 tablespoon cold water

1.5 cups heavy cream

¼ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Assorted berries (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries-- your choice)

Honey for drizzle


Sprinkle gelatin over the water. The gelatin will absorb the water and dissolve, in a process called “bloom.”

In a small saucepan, combine heavy cream with sugar and cook over medium until it’s at a scalding point, or just under a boil.

Once the cream has almost reached the boiling point, remove from heat and add vanilla extract and bloomed gelatin. Stir until fully dissolved.

Strain panna cotta mixture into desired serving tempered glasses (mason jars work great, especially with little ones).

Allow cream to come to room temperature before chilling in the fridge for 2-4 hours, or until cream is firm in texture.

Top with berries and honey when serving.

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