Recipe: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Mint

A delightfully refreshing dessert

This luscious dessert is sure to make you smile: It’s easy to prepare, delightfully refreshing and nourishing for body and soul! Smooth and creamy panna cotta is perfectly suited to ripe and juicy summer strawberries, here with tangy lemon and aromatic mint.

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Yields 4 servings

Ingredients

Canola or grape seed oil
1 cup whole milk
4 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
1 pint strawberries, sliced
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
10 leaves fresh mint, torn

Instructions

  1. Use a finger to lightly coat 4 small ramekin dishes with oil to prevent panna cotta from sticking.
  2. Heat milk and sugar in a small saucepan at medium heat, and gently stir.
  3. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons of cold water into medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water, and let stand 2 minutes.
  5. Pour the very warm milk mixture over the gelatin. Stir until gelatin is 100 percent dissolved.
  6. Divide panna cotta mixture into prepared ramekins. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.
  7. To unmold, slide a sharp knife around the edge of each panna cotta and gently place onto individual plates.
  8. Combine sliced strawberries, lemon zest, lemon juice and torn mint in a medium bowl.
  9. Stir mixture gently to combine all ingredients, divide into four equal servings, and spoon over each panna cotta.

Fresh idea: Don’t have small ramekins? Pour panna cotta mixture into small wine glasses or jam jars to set. Spoon strawberry mixture into  glasses or jars once the panna cotta is firm.

Nutrition Information

1 serving = ¼ of panna cotta and strawberries
Calories 90
Total fat 2g
Saturated fat 1g
Protein 3g
Carbohydrate 14g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugar 12g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 25mg
Developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness

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