Buttermilk Panna Cotta

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr 50 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: s: 8 servings
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1 (.25-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin

1 cup half-and-half

3/4 cup sugar

2 vanilla beans, split and scraped

Pinch kosher salt

2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature


  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the half-and-half, sugar, vanilla pods, vanilla seeds and pinch of salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar and avoid scorching the milk. Reduce the heat and add the gelatin and buttermilk. Strain through a fine sieve, removing the vanilla pods and any milk solids.
  3. Pour mixture into 8 small ramekins and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Transfer to fridge and chill for 3 hours. To serve, briefly dip the bottoms of the ramekins in warm water and invert onto dessert plates.
  4. BYOC: Top with your favorite fresh berries when in season. If you have the time, try and make a creamy caramel sauce by using sugar, water and half-and-half. Be creative and swipe the plate in a creative pattern. Let your inner artist come out.

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