Tuesday 19 February 2013

Vanilla Pannacotta with Pomegranate Jelly

Pannacotta is a traditional, easy and classic Italian custard. Pannacotta means "cooked cream" in Italian. It is made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar; mixing this with gelatin, and letting it cool until set.

You can try this in different combinations of Pannacotta / jelly layers as you like. Here is a Vanilla Pannacotta with pomegranate jelly, a perfect dessert for parties.


Ingredients (Makes 3 glasses)

For the vanilla Panna Cotta:

Milk - 1 cup (¾ + ¼ cup)
Heavy Cream - 1 cup
Un-flavoured Gelatin - 2 tsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp

For the pomegranate jelly:

Pomegrante juice (sweetened) - 1 cup 
Un-flavoured Gelatin - 2 tsp 
Cold water - 1/3 cup


For the pannacotta:

Sprinkle the gelatin over the ¼ cup of cold milk in a bowl and let it stand until the gelatin softens, for about 5 minutes.

Just heat cream, milk, sugar and vanilla essence in a pan over medium heat (do not boil).  Add the soaked gelatin and stir until dissolves.  Allow to cool.

Divide the mixture among the serving bowls / glass and place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour, until completely set.

For the pomegranate jelly:

While the pannacotta is in the fridge, start preparing the jelly

In a bowl, sprinkle 2 tsp of un-flavoured gelatin over the 1/3 cup of cold water and let it stand until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat pomegranate juice in a pan over medium heat (do not boil) and mix in gelatin till it dissolves completely .

Allow to cool and pour over the Panna Cotta to make layers (make sure pannacotta completely set before you pour the cooled pomegranate juice).

Place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until set and Serve.

Picture below shows the simple setting for layered Panna Cotta

                       Picture below shows the tilted layered effect for Panna Cotta

To Make Tilted effect (for this you need little patience):

For the tilted layered look, take a muffin tray and place tissue papers to rest the glasses.  If you are not comfortable with muffin pans, any small bowl will do.

Place the stem of the glasses in the slanting position and pour the Panna Cotta.  Carefully transfer them to refrigerator to set.  In the same way add pomegranate juice after Panna Cotta is set.  Repeat the same to prepare few more layers.

Use your creativity in making  layers.

Make sure each layer is set before adding the next.  Sprinkle some fresh pomegranate seeds on top and serve this silky and yummy dessert to your loved ones.


If you are using unsweetened juice, add sugar separately as required. Remember to add while heating the juice and mix till the sugar dissolves.

You can also try with your other favorite juices. 

Depending on the size of the glasses your setting time will vary; mine took approximately 1 hour for each layer to set.

If you want to prepare this for parties (large amount), just double or triple the quantity.

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  1. Beautiful pannacotta.. I've seen this tip before but never had the patience to tilt-set-pour-set. You've done an amazing job

  2. Elegantly done dessert looks stunning :) guess Valentine fever is still on for you :P superb Poornima

  3. very yummy and beautiful looking panna cotta dear :) n nice tip of tilting the glass which forms a very nice pattern and gives an beautiful look :)

  4. Good Work Poorni.....Looks very beautiful....

  5. Lovely presentation and yummy it looks.

  6. wow..delicious and tempting .

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  7. ur patience is seen in ur dessert ......hats off poorini......superb presentation......

  8. The layers looks beautiful.Nice clicks..

  9. Beautiful and elegant dessert!!
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  10. beautifully presented yummy dessert....
    Thanks for sharing with the event....

    1. Thank you friends,your likes and comments motivates me to do more.

  11. Yummy dessert..Am thinking long time about this recipe by seeing this am sure i ll do this soon...First time here...Happy to Follow u:)

  12. Wow. Colorful and tasty. Thx for linking.


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