Honey Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

by Holly on July 20, 2009

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Utah, it is hot. Actually, it is more like HOT! The average temperature lately seems like it has been in the mid to high 90’s and that is just in the Northern part of the State – I’m sure that Southern Utah is beyond sweltering!

Though ice cream is a wonderful choice for dessert any time as far as I’m concerned, it seems that sometimes you just want something a little different. Why not give panna cotta a try?

It is smooth, creamy, tangy, a little sweet, cool and refreshing. It is made more creamy and tangy by the use of some great Organic Greek Yogurt with the Oikos brand from Stonyfield Farms. I was contacted by Stonyfield Farms recently and asked if I would like to give this a try and use it to make something. The email literally came to me on the day I was looking at this recipe, so it seemed kismet. Using the yogurt makes this version even pretty good for you as far as desserts go.

If you are looking for a dessert that looks elegant, but takes the absolute minimum amount of time in the kitchen (aside from chilling) and no oven time at all, then this the dessert for you! I went ahead and topped our little servings with some strawberries that I sliced and soaked in some sugar and vanilla for a few minutes. You could really change up the fruit to whatever you would like – a mixture of berries, sliced peaches, plums, mango, whatever you like best – for a delicious summery treat.

Honey Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Adapted from Bon Appétit

Yield: Makes 4 large servings or 8 small servings

1/8 cup water

1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

2/3 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup Greek Yogurt, Oikos Honey flavored or other flavor

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberries for topping, tossed with a little sugar and vanilla to taste, if desired

Pour water into small bowl; sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 10 minutes. Bring cream and sugar to simmer in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture and whisk until dissolved. Whisk in yogurt and vanilla. Divide mixture among your desired serving dishes. Cover and chill overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Cut around edges of each panna cotta to loosen. Set each cup in shallow bowl of hot water for 10 seconds. Immediately invert onto plate. Top with fruit.

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Domestically Sassy! July 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Yummy! That look like a great summer treat!

Pamela July 20, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Although I am funny about texture things. (I know I won't go into it!) my husband would love this and love me even more if I made it for him. No oven time, sounds like the perfect dessert this time of year. Thanks

Barbara Bakes July 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Love the pretty shape. It really looks elegant!

Fahrenheit 350° July 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I'm so glad to see you are baking! This looks delicious and probably would ease any upset tummy!

Madam Chow July 20, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant, if this is on the menu, I order it for dessert. Beautiful.

pinkstripes July 21, 2009 at 1:56 am

Looks great! I've never had a panna cotta, but it is on my list of things to try/make.

mealsandmoves July 21, 2009 at 5:03 am

stellar recipe! i got the coupons from kristina at stonyfield's as well, i LOVE oikos greek yogurt. thanks for posting this!

Manggy July 21, 2009 at 7:57 am

Yep, I love panna cotta, mainly it's because it's so easy and so rewarding! I just gotta find a few more pretty molds to serve it out of, haha 🙂

Sweet as Coco July 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

You have to love free stuff 😉

Bon Appetit has the best recipes…and this looks really refreshing. Our summer has been in the 70's this year…its really strange!

vibi July 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Okay… well, I came for blanc-manger and get panna cotta which is all together, pretty much the same thing. So it'll do! LOL

Very pretty and delicate and dainty and silky and lovely! lol lol

Clivia July 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Looks lovely! I've recently become hooked on Greek yogurt and will definitely try this recipe. Thanks!

nicole July 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I'm accumulating panna cotta recipes because my husband and I had it at a restaurant recently and he went nuts for it. This recipe looks delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing!

Katrina July 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Looks great! I like that it's made with yogurt and not SO much cream! And it's yummy and beautiful!

Me! July 22, 2009 at 1:26 am

mmmm i have been hearing it from my coworkers because I haven't baked much because of the heat. This I might be able to do.

Di July 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm

That looks really delicious. And Brianna will probably like the texture better than the blanc-manger. Great way to use the yogurt. I have some, too, and I'm still trying to decide what to make with it.

Susan @ SGCC July 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Love this! Panna cotta is one of my favorite desserts. Using Greek yogurt is a great idea too. Must try this one!

hannah July 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Oh my heavens. I love panna cotta! That looks amazing…

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