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Honey-Yogurt Panna Cotta

This is a traditional Italian dessert; it means "cooked cream."

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 4 hours 30 mins
  • servings: 8




  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey, plus more for serving
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Step 1

    Place cream and sugar in a medium saucepan. With a paring knife, split vanilla bean lengthwise; scrape out seeds, and add to cream along with empty pod (if using vanilla extract, add to yogurt mixture in step 4).

  2. Step 2

    Bring cream to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cover pan, remove from heat, and set aside to steep, at least 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, place 1/2 cup cold water in a small bowl, and sprinkle gelatin over water; set aside to soften, at least 5 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, honey, and salt until combined; set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Return cream to a boil. Remove from heat, and immediately stir in softened gelatin until dissolved. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into yogurt-honey mixture; mix until combined.

  5. Step 5

    Divide mixture among eight 4- to 6-ounce ramekins. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.

  6. Step 6

    To serve, unmold each panna cotta from its ramekin: Run a paring knife around the top inner edge of ramekin, then dip bottom of ramekin in a bowl of boiling water for 10 seconds. Invert ramekin onto serving plate. Holding ramekin tightly to plate, shake firmly to release panna cotta. Drizzle with honey before serving.

Everyday Food, June 2006



Reviews (3)

  • 30 Jul, 2010

    i personally think that it's a little bit too sweet. The amount of honey should be reduced to 1/4 cup, or the sugar should be omitted. Overall, it tastes nice.

  • 7 Jul, 2008


    This recipe uses gelatin and you can trust gelatin in panna cottas.It can hold the cream in all sort of pots.


  • 19 Jun, 2008

    has anyone tried this with a larger mold than a ramekin? I'm thinking in particular of the igloo cake mold that was part of Martha's line at Macy's last Christmas.