Buttermilk Panna Cottage With Berries

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Jun. 23, 2011

Panna cotta is Italian for cooked cream. The simple dessert is cooked on the stovetop and thickened with just a small amount of gelatin. Topped with vanilla scented berries, it is a sure-fire hit!


For panna cotta
Milk 3/4 Cup (12 tbs) (Whole / Reduced Fat)
Unflavored gelatin powder 1 1/4 Teaspoon
Sugar 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Low fat buttermilk 3/4 Cup (12 tbs) (At Room Temperature)
For berry medley
Sugar 2 Tablespoon
Vanilla bean 1/4
Mixed berries 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) (Such As Raspberries, Blueberries, And Strawberries, Large Berries Quartered)


Per serving: 140 calories, 1.5 grams fat

Per serving (sugar-free): 80 calories, 1.5 grams fat

To make the panna cotta: Pour the milk into a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top. Whisk to combine, then set aside for 3 minutes to soften the gelatin. Whisk in the sugar.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk frequently until the milk begins to steam and the gelatin dissolves completely. Do not allow the mixture to fully boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Whisk in the buttermilk.

Pour the mixture into four 4-ounce ramekins. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate about 3 hours, until it is set.

To prepare the berries: Just before serving, put the sugar into a bowl large enough to hold the berries. Use a paring knife to slit the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the sugar. Rub the seeds into the sugar with your fingertips. Add the berries and gently mix with a spoon or your hands for about 1 minute, until the berries are well coated and begin to release their juices.

Distribute the berries and their juices evenly over the tops of the panna cottas and serve.


Make Ahead! The panna cottas can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated, covered, until serving.

Sweet & Sugar-Free! Substitute 5 packets of Truvía for the sugar in the panna cotta. Substitute 3 packets of Truvía for the sugar in the berries.

This recipe was excepted from Sweet & Skinny: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Life's Sweeter Side Without Tipping the Scales. To learn more about the book visit marisachurchill.com. To purchase the book visit Amazon.Com.

Recipe Summary

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 150Calories from Fat 23

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 2 g3.1%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 20 mg0.83%

Total Carbohydrates 31 g10.3%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 26 g

Protein 3 g6%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet