I had my first panna cotta at the Passionfish restaurant in Pacific Grove, California. It was a lemon panna cotta with citrus. It was light and creamy. After that, I knew that I have to try making that at home. This recipe is very simple. The panna cotta was creamy and sweet with a hint of lemon flavor. It was perfect with the tangy raspberry sauce. And, the panna cotta looked amazing with the contrasting colors. This panna cotta can be made a day ahead, so there is little hassle. Making it even easier to enjoy a relaxing and romantic sweet dinner ending with your loved one.
Lemon Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce (Adapted from allrecipes.com and TLC cooking)
– 3 cups heavy cream
– ½ cup sugar
– 1 (0.25-ounce) package unflavored gelatin
– 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier)
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest (finely grated)
– fresh raspberries (optional topping)
– 1 (12 ounce) package frozen raspberries (thawed)
– ¼ cup sugar
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon water
– 1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur
– ¾ teaspoon corn starch
- Choose 6 1-cup glass cups or ramekins. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, place 2 tablespoons lemon juice and sprinkle the gelatin over. Let stand until gelatin soften, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the heavy cream, sugar, lemon zest to a simmer. Whisk in the gelatin until dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in the orange-flavored liqueur.
- Strain the mixture into a medium bowl. Divide the mixture among the prepared glass cups or ramekins. Chill panna cottas uncovered until set, at least 4 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and chill preferably overnight.
- For the sauce, squeeze the raspberries lightly over a medium bowl to collect the juice.
- In a small pot over medium-high heat, add the raspberry and cook until hot, about 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix cornstarch with lemon juice and water until combined.
- When raspberry mixture is hot, slowly whisk in cornstarch mixture. Bring to boil and cook 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Chill in the fridge until cold.
- When ready to serve, spoon some raspberry sauce over the panna cotta. Add a few raspberries on top and serve.
- Strain the cream mixture before putting in ramekins can help to keep the panna cotta smooth.