Vanilla-Honey Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce

This classic Italian dessert makes the most of the season's fresh blueberries, but you can substitute any flavor of jam, too.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Blueberry Sauce

3
cups (1 1/2 pints) fresh blueberries
1
cup water
3/4
cup sugar
1
tablespoon lemon juice

Panna Cotta

2
cups whipping cream
1/4
cup honey
1
vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
1/4
cup water
1
envelope unflavored gelatin
1
cup whole-fat buttermilk

  • 1 To make blueberry sauce, in 2-quart saucepan, heat to boiling blueberries, 1 cup water and the sugar over medium heat. Stir in lemon juice. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken, stirring occasionally and crushing some of the berries with back of spoon. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • 2 To make panna cotta, in another 2-quart saucepan, heat to boiling whipping cream, honey, vanilla bean and seeds over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let cream steep 30 minutes to infuse vanilla flavor into liquid.
  • 3 When cream is steeped, in small bowl, pour 1/4 cup water; sprinkle gelatin over water. Set aside.
  • 4 Reheat cream mixture. Remove vanilla bean and seeds; add softened gelatin. Remove from heat; beat with whisk until gelatin is dissolved. Add buttermilk; beat with whisk until blended.
  • 5 To assemble desserts, spoon small amount of blueberry sauce in bottom of each serving glass or dish. Carefully pour panna cotta mixture over sauce. Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Expert Tips

Cut down on an extra step; replace the blueberry sauce with your favorite jam.

Don’t have a vanilla bean on hand? Just replace the vanilla bean with 2 teaspoons of vanilla. By doing this, there is no need to steep.

Make a double batch of blueberry sauce. Just refrigerate and serve over ice cream or pie!