One of Blake’s favorite desserts happens to be panna cotta, but for some reason I always assumed it was difficult to make.  I finally got brave and asked his mom (Becky) for her recipe, and to my surprise, it wasn’t hard at all!  I’ve made it a few times now, and each time Blake begs me to double the recipe.  I think that means he likes it!  If you’re looking for a delicious, summery dessert (that’s also gluten free!) try this!  You won’t regret it.

One quick note – the actual prep time is minimal, BUT don’t forget that it has to set for 6 hours!


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored powdered gelatin (you will find this just next to the jello at the grocery store!)
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (I highly suggest this vanilla bean paste – it’s a staple in my kitchen!)
  • 2 cups assorted fresh berries

Panna Cotta Recipe - The Golden Natives

“Market Fresh” pitcher, glass prep bowls, dish towel


Place the milk in a heavy, small saucepan.  Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.  Panna Cotta Recipe - The Golden Natives

Stir over medium heat just until the gelatin dissolves but the milk does not boil, about 5 minutes.  Add the cream, honey, sugar, vanilla bean paste, and salt and stir until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Pour the cream mixture into 6 ramekins or dessert dishes, dividing equally.  Cover and refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours and up to 2 days.

Panna Cotta Recipe - The Golden Natives

ramekins, cookie sheet

Spoon the berries on top the panna cotta and serve!

Panna Cotta Recipe - The Golden Natives

Try it, and let me know how it goes!