Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta ménage à trois  Fae's Twist  & Tango

Princess Cruises’   Ménage à Trois  –  mini raspberry panna cotta, an opera gatteau and a honey hazelnut semifreddo with Nutella twist

The first time I had the pleasure of meeting this delight to the palate, containing texture and flavor with which we are now on a first name basis, was on a Princess cruise.  My palate had met this beauty many times before, but did not know its name, until it was introduced to me as one of the trios of  ‘ménage à trois’,  panna cotta!

Panna cotta, Italian for ‘cooked cream’ is an Italian dessert. It is not known exactly how or when this dessert was introduced.  However, some theories maintain that cream,  for which mountainous Northern Italy is famous, was historically eaten plain or sweetened with fruit or hazelnuts.  Earlier recipes for the dish did not directly mention gelatin, but instead included a step in which fish bones were boiled. This process is now known to extract collagen, which turns to gelatin, from the bones.  Sugar, later a main ingredient, would not have been widely available as it was an expensive, imported commodity.  This treat evolved into what is now a gelatin dessert, flavored with vanilla and topped with fruit or spices, and served chilled.
Panna Cotta  Satsuma Orange  Fae's Twist  & Tango
Although it will taste divine prepared in its traditional/original recipe of straight forward using heavy-cream, panna cotta will be too rich for today’s health-conscious diets.  I used half the amount of  heavy-cream here and substitute the other half with whole-milk and flavoring ingredient such as Satsuma orange juice, still keeping the integrity of the dessert, not just another gelatin.

Panna Cotta, Satsuma orange flavored

  • Servings: 6 or 8
  • Time: Preparation ½ Hr + chilling time
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe by:  Fae’s Twist & Tango (
Panna Cotta Satsuma Orange Fae's Twist & Tango

•   1  package  7 gr / ¼ oz  unflavored, powdered gelatin -or- 2 gr  agar-agar
•   ¾  cup / 180 ml  cold whole-milk, divided into  ¼ cups &  ½ cup
•   1¼  cups / 300 ml  heavy whipping cream
•   ½  cup / 100 gr  granulated sugar
•   ½  cup / 120 ml  cold, fresh squeezed, Satsuma orange juice
•   ½  tsp rosewater  -or-  I used ¼ tsp orange blossom water ( either optional)

◊   To make plain panna cotta, replace Satsuma orange juice with whole-milk or cream and flavor with pure vanilla extract.
◊   To make vegan version, use non-dairy cream and milk of choice.

◊   Have ready,  six    4 oz / 120 ml  (1/2 cup)   -or-  eight  3 oz / 90 ml custard cups, ramekins, ceramic bowls, dessert glasses   -or-  Dixie paper cups  may be used (for smaller desserts, bathroom-cup size is actually perfect);  see illustrations in the photos (I cut larger cups for 1/2 cup size panna cotta ).

-   Lightly oil molds with a neutral-tasting oil/non-stick spray.
-   If being served in a dessert serving glass or cup, this is not necessary.
-   As for paper cups, greasing is not a necessary (but will not hurt).  When ready to serve, insert thin narrow knife from the side and while rotating the cup, use knife to push back paper cup walls away from the panna cotta. It should slide right out.


◊   In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin powder over 1/4 cup cold milk, mix and let bloom for 10 minutes.

◊   Meanwhile, in a small/medium saucepan, on medium-heat, heat heavy cream and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved and very hot, not boiling. Add bloomed gelatin and stir constantly, until gelatin is completely melted. Remove from heat.

◊ Pour in the remaining ½ cup cold whole-milk, ½ cup cold Satsuma orange juice, rosewater, and stir well. Immediately pour into prepared molds. Put on a tray and chill in refrigerator for 2~4 hours or until fully set, or overnight is better. Dessert may be made in advance and should retain freshness in refrigerator for three days. Garnish/serve with fruits or fruit sauce.

~ Buon Appetito! ~

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  1. I love the idea of the Dixie Cups – very smart! Great recipe.

    1. I think so too! Especially when you want to make in quantity and not worry about washing the cups! :D )))

  2. buonissima…I will try it soon

  3. This just looks absolutely delish!! Thanks for the likes on my page! Happy new Year!

  4. Panna Cotta is delish!!! Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my recent post.

  5. Beautiful! I like the variety of pictures you included for yours. :)

  6. Panna cotta with satsumas. I have never tried it, I don’t know why because it looks delicious.

    1. Hi Maria! Any citrus would do. However, in my opinion, Satsumas are best tasting among all varieties of tangerines/mandarins. Does your market carry Satsumas?

      1. At this time of year Fae we are awash with Tangerines, mandarins and clementines. Its a short season and I never know what to do with them. Now I do.

  7. This looks so beautiful and yummy :)

  8. Perfect! Flat mate is a celiac and I can totally make this for her.

  9. It really is easy to make. In few hours, you can have a bite!

  10. What wonderful photos! Everything looks so delicious!

  11. afracooking · · Reply

    I adore panna cotta and just love the idea of combining that silky texture with the zingy flavour of satsumas

  12. Panna cotta is such a wonderful dessert, Fae, and you’ve plated it beautifully. It’s always a real pleasure when the host/ess makes the effort to present a dish well, like you did here.

    1. Thank you, John, it is nice to enjoy with eyes and the palate! :D

  13. Your photos are beautiful and presentation is clean and elegant. I have never made panna cotta before and I am inspired to try making some using your recipe – especially perfect for this holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love panna cotta, and your pictures are professional!

  15. I love panna cotta, Fae. These looks so tasty. I think there is a small shop in my town where I could pick up some satsuma. :-) Best, Shanna

  16. I had also made Panna Cotta a couple of days back, in pineapple flavor. The luscious, rich feel of Panna Cotta cannot be described in words. This dish is plain HEAVEN! :D

  17. that looks yummy :)

  18. This dessert looks so refreshing and a great time of the year to enjoy this as citrus and especially oranges are plentiful. Wishing you a super holiday season.

  19. This looks fantastic Fae! I never though of flavoring the panna cotta, but it’s actually a fantastic idea! I usually like the panna cotta with some sauce over it, like berries, but if it’s already fruity, there is no need. thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    1. I think either way is delicious way of serving.

  20. Fae, I’m speechless! Your photos are just gorgeous! And I love panna cotta, except I’ve never had it flavored with satsuma or rose water or orange blossom water. Sounds so refreshing and probably enticingly fragrant, too. And thank you for making this lower fat!

    I would have definitely liked your facebook page if I had an account. Haven’t opened one, but maybe I should. Then I can like you. :-) XOXO, Angie.

    1. Sweet Angie, I’m blushing… a compliment coming from you makes me very happy. Get into Facebook if you have future bigger plans for your blog (and I think your blog is a great contender). Otherwise, it is extra work. But if you do, sooner the better to start increasing your followers. xoxo

  21. Orange and panna cotta are a lovely combo! I adore panna cotta. I like to top mine with kiwi slices and mandarin orange segments. :)

    1. Oh yes, Patty, it goes so well with all fruits.

  22. Loving the new look! And I wish my theme allowed me to do what you’re doing below comments. I had to get rid of loads of stuff as it all squished into one column! Ouch.

    1. Thank you Johnny. I wonder why your theme doesn’t allow more columns. When theme is switched, some layouts shift around. I am still fine tuning the shifting.

  23. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! I love panna cotta!

  24. Thanks for the recipe. Amazing!

  25. beautiful photos! I love panna cotta but I’ve never made it myself. Bloom gelatin still in its package waiting for the right moment! :) thanks for the inspiration Fae!

    1. :D ))) Paul, give it a try when you have company. It is very easy to make.

  26. Absolutely beautiful, Fae! It sounds so good, I can almost taste it!

  27. Silky sensuous panna cotta, gorgeous, and so long since I’ve eaten it. That’s about to change! Beautiful new avatar face Fae!

    1. Thank you so much Sandra. Surprise your family with this easy to make decadent dessert! :D

  28. Delicious! I love the delicate texture of panna cotta but haven’t made this for years. I remember how thrilled I was when I got my veganised version just right – great to be reminded again!

    1. Oh, vegans would so appreciate your version. :D

  29. My, my, dear Fae! This dessert looks amazing. I love the citrus flavor that you picked (I don’t think I have ever tried it before) and the texture is just perfect. I can tell from the photo (great shot by the way). The presentation of the dessert (you know I’m kind of obsessed with it) is so delicate and elegant. :-)

    1. I am so grateful for your kind comments. I try so hard to improve my food design and photo taking. Panna cotta is so easy to make and yet so decadent. :D

  30. Your panna cotta looks really appetizing, I just ate a vegan coconut milk panna cotta! 😊

    1. That is excellent. What did you use for the gelatin? I don’t know of any other substitute but agar-agar.

      1. Yes, I used agar agar! :) 2 grams was enough for the whole lot!

  31. This looks so delicious. Citrus really makes this dish come alive! So refreshing on the palate. It really looks perfect! Well done!

  32. I’ve been making panna cotta a lot lately. Unlike you, I can’t seem to take a good picture of it though!!!

    1. Darling Serena, I have a very hard time taking photos too. Natural light and right time of the day is the key (to get the shade effect for the details).
      When it is cloudy, I’m in trouble. :(

  33. neetukushi · · Reply

    Looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to trying making Panna Cotta.

  34. Lovely dessert Fae! My husband and I plan to vacation in Italy in a year or two. We go back and forth about if we should eat vegan while we’re there. With desserts like this on menus, it might be a challenge to eat vegan while we’re there! Celeste :)

    1. Lovely Celeste, I admire your dedication and informative blog for the vegans.
      If being a vegan is a choice and not a medical necessities, my two cents worth is, enjoy your trip with all five scenes, and enjoy once in a lifetime tastes. When you are back, go back to your dedication again.

  35. I love panna cotta Fae and this one looks oh so yummy! I haven’t been around for a while and when I first saw your updated photo on another blog, I had to click on the image to see who that dark, mysterious-looking woman was! You look gorgeous Fae! :-)

    1. Lidia Darling, You are too~oo kind. Good to have you back and action. Misses you! :D

  36. Wow, your presentation is flawless! Love the idea of using the dixie cup to make a mold

    1. Thank you, Azita. Dixie cups to the rescue! :D

  37. Your pictures are beautiful Fae! And orange based desserts are my favourite.
    I love your new picture of yourself :) R

    1. As for the photos, I was just lucky. ;) As for flavoring, I agree. Especially the satsumas did wonders.

  38. I love panna cotta, that top photo is really gorgeous what a beautiful dessert. I love satsuma’s have been eating them almost every day, what a lovely panna cotta you made. Perfect way to highlight the delicious satsuma and the creamy panna cotta.

    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne. Satsumas have very decadent citrus taste and really highlighted the dessert. We have been eating a lot of satsumas too.

  39. Oh this looks fabulous! And flavored with delicate Satsumas – I love it. Citrus is so great this time of year, and these are perfect for entertaining guests — just pull them out of the fridge to serve. Thank you for this timely and delicious-looking recipe!

    I just discovered your Facebook page – it looks great; the pictures really entice. And I love the new theme, Fae! It’s elegant & delicate like your rosewater Ice in Paradise :)

    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yes, easy to make, easy to serve, and so decadent.


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