Vanilla Panna Cotta is a rich and creamy, yet light dessert, perfect for entertaining. This classic panna cotta recipe is easy and delicious and it can be made in only 10 minutes! Wow your guests with this stunning sweet.
If you want to turn the Panna Cotta out onto a plate when set, first start by spraying your dariole moulds or ramekins with oil spray (I find dariole moulds easier to use). Wipe them with paper towel so there is only a light covering.
Pour the cold milk into a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatine over the top. Allow it to "bloom" for 5 minutes (it should look a bit wrinkly by the end). Turn the heat on low under the saucepan and stir for a minute or two until the gelatine has dissolved.
Add the sugar and stir again until dissolved. This should only take another minute or two. Don't let the milk get too hot or to come to a simmer. It should only be just warm.
Take the saucepan off the heat. Pour in the cream, vanilla and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
Pour into dishes or moulds. Place immediately in the fridge and allow to set for at least 4 hours (or they can be made a day ahead).
To unmould, fill a dish with warm water just an inch or so, then sit the moulds into the warm water for 10-20 seconds. Place your serving dish on top of the Panna Cotta mould and flip it over. Give the Panna Cotta a gentle shake. They may take a little bit of encouragement but should slide out perfectly. These will melt if left for too long so make sure you don't turn them out until ready to serve.
For the Orange Syrup
Place the zest, juice, water and sugar in a saucepan and simmer, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat off and stir in the gelatine until dissolved.
Leave it to cool down and it should become nice and thick and syrupy. Drizzle over the top of the Panna Cotta
Before turning the panna cotta out, dab a little water onto the serving plate. This will allow you to move it around a little once turned onto the plate, in the case it doesn't end up right where you want it.
You don't need to use dariole moulds. You can serve panna cotta in any kind of glass or serving dish.