Sweet, creamy, and luscious, this panna cotta with berry sauce is incredibly simple yet elegant and delicious. You're going to love the combo of sweet and creamy panna cotta and tangy berry sauce. It's a perfect dessert for a romantic dinner for 2 or a crowd. It's *the* best make-ahead dessert!
2cupsmixed berries of choice I used blueberries and raspberries
3tbspwhite granulated sugar
8 or moresour cherriesoptional, for decorating
For the panna cotta
In a small saucepan, add gelatin and cold water, mix, and set aside for a minute then place over low heat and allow the gelatin to melt and dissolve completely. Remove from heat.
In a large saucepan, combine heavy cream, half and half, and sugar, then place over medium heat and allow the mixture to come to a boil, stirring continuously. Don't walk away from the panna cotta!
Remove from heat and add the gelatin mixture and vanilla extract to your panna cotta, stir until completely combined. Pour the panna cotta into glass cups, glasses, or ramekins. Allow to cool down to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and pop in the refrigerator to set and chill. Refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours or overnight.
If serving in glasses or glass cups, remove from the refrigerator, top with berry sauce and serve. If serving reverted onto a plate, remove from the refrigerator, dip each ramekin into a bowl of warm water for 10 seconds, carefully run a thin knife around edge of each ramekin and invert onto a small plate, top with berry sauce and serve.
For the berry sauce
In a medium saucepan, add berries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook on medium heat until berries begin to soften and the sauce has thickened (around 2 minutes). Strain through a fine-meshed sieve for a smoother texture. Allow to cool down to room temperature. Add your berry sauce to the panna cotta right before serving.
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