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Buttermilk panna cotta with strawberries

Total Time
4 hr 42 min
10 min
2 min
Spring is the time to savor locally-grown strawberries from the neighborhood farm stand or u-pick farm. Bright red, juicy, and bursting with flavor, they are the perfect complement to this vanilla-scented eggless custard. That's not to say you can't enjoy this decadent dessert other seasons of the year. Make this with pitted cherries in summer, cranberries in fall, and chopped pears in winter.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Unflavored gelatin

1 tsp


1½ Tbsp

Vanilla bean

1 item(s), split

1% low fat buttermilk

1 cup(s)

Fat free half and half creamer

¾ cup(s)




1 Tbsp


2 cup(s), hulled and thinly sliced

Orange zest

1 tsp, finely grated


  1. Spray 4 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups with nonstick spray.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin over the water in cup. Let stand until gelatin is softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, with edge of small knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean; reserve pod and seeds.
  4. Combine buttermilk, half-and-half, 1/3 cup of sugar, and the vanilla bean pod and seeds in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in gelatin mixture until completely dissolved. Pour buttermilk mixture through sieve set over medium bowl; discard vanilla bean pod. Divide buttermilk mixture evenly among prepared ramekins. Cover and refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 4 hours or up to 1 day (the longer it sits, the firmer it will be).
  5. Toss together strawberries and orange zest with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  6. To serve, run tip of thin knife around edge of each ramekin to loosen panna cottas. Dip bottoms of ramekins, one at a time, into bowl of hot water for about 5 seconds. Unmold by inverting each panna cotta onto dessert plate. Surround with strawberries.
  7. Serving size: 1 panna cotta and 1/2 cup strawberries