Yogurt Panna Cotta with Honey


My first panna cotta experience was actually with my first job working as an Assistant Pastry Chef at Bailey’s Prime.  I was too embarassed to admit to the Chef that I had no CLUE as to what the heck panna cotta was except that it sounded fancy as hell.

Luckily, it was one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made and actually turned out to be one of my favorites.  I loved the creamy yet firm texture, the lovely dressings on top and the way it looked so smooth and elegant — plus, who wouldn’t be impressed with a dessert called PANNA COTTA!  I say it exactly like that too when I serve it, with gumption, excitement and my best Italian accent.   

I found this recipe from an old issue of Food & Wine Magazine, I loved the simplicity of flavors with the yogurt and honey — did I also mention this was a healthy dessert?  *GASP* You’re welcome 🙂

Ingredients for Yogurt Panna Cottas with Honey:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • black grapes, for serving

In a small bowl, mix the gelatin with the water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.  In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer with the sugar and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and stir in the softened gelatin until dissolved.

In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the yogurt.  Whisk in the warm milk until smooth.  Pour the panna cotta mixture into six 4-ounce ramekins and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

To serve, drizzle the panna cottas with the honey and garnish with the grapes.  Make Ahead: The yogurt panna cottas can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day before serving. 

18 responses to “Yogurt Panna Cotta with Honey

  1. This looks like it would wreck me, but it looks sooooo good.

  2. Yogurt and honey are one of my favorite combinations! I didn’t panna cotta was so easy to make. Yours looks delicious, especially with the extra touch you added with the honeycomb.

  3. tomatointribeca

    Cool recipe! Thanks for sharing

  4. Wow, the photos are extraordinary! The off kilter mirror like photos side by side are really enchanting. I was searching for “healthy” and panna cotta (how I found you), because I’ve been making vegetable panna cotta lately (golden beet, butternut squash). They may not be healthy, but at least there’s vegetables? Meanwhile, your recipe actually does look healthy, and delicious. Good use of Greek yogurt!

  5. If someone would have asked me few months ago what is Panna Cotta I would not had a clue, and even now I’m a little scared of making my own, the same goes with souffle, don’t know why it still scares me.
    Yours looks so yummy and the recipe sounds so good

  6. Yum! Love the Panna Cottas…such an elegant dessert! Yogurt & Honey make an awesome pair! Love your photography!

  7. I loooooooooooooooooooooove panna cotta!
    Love the photos too, such great shots for fall!

  8. this is a delicious and healthy food. It looks healthy and children will love this.
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  9. I love panna cottta! Sounds so easy and healthy and I am going to try it soon 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Joy.
    Have a great weekend

  10. Wow! I practically want to lick my screen lol! Awesome photos. This would be great for brunch.

  11. Panna Cotta is awesome but again, your photos are awesomer (yeah, I know that’s not a word). 🙂 Can’t stop looking at them. Somehow I think the sun doesn’t shine as nicely in my home as it does in yours. Or maybe it’s the operator, hmm.

    I’ve been enjoying some old recipes from F&W, too, and I agree they’re great. Have a nice weekend!

  12. this panna cottas is awesome by using yoghurt… I want to try this. Beautiful photos 🙂

  13. It’s been ages since I’ve had a Panna Cotta! I absolutely love Greek Yogurt so this has to be amazing. Great dish!

  14. What totally gorgeous photos!!

  15. What great presentation! Love how you used weathered wood for your backdrop. Beautiful pictures.

  16. Your photographs are simply beautiful…and this Panna Cotta recipe looks easy, healthy and delicious. I’d love to share it with our Cabot Greek Yogurt lovers!

  17. Very creative recipe and your photography is fabulous!

  18. wow! this looks gorgeous! You have a very creative eye 🙂

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