Strawberry Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

Strawberry Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 in small wine glasses 1x


Strawberry Panna Cotta recipe, topped with Balsamic strawberries. The sweet, tangy and sharp flavour of the balsamic strawberries cut right through and complements anything creamy it’s served with.



  • 400 g (14oz) fresh strawberries
  • 250 ml (1 cup) whole milk (full fat)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) double cream
  • 6 Tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp gelatine powder

Balsamic Strawberries

  • 12 strawberries
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Pour 125 ml (1/2 cp) of the milk in a wide, shallow dish and scatter the gelatine all over and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse and hull the strawberries by removing the green top and stem with a paring knife or a strawberry huller.
  3. Place them in a blender along with the other half of the fresh milk. Blend to a smooth paste.
  4. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing down on the fruit pulp to extract as much of the fruit as possible.
  5. Combine the cream and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently and bring to boil. Keep an eye on it as it will suddenly rush up!
  6. Take off the heat and add the soaked gelatine and stir until dissolved.
  7. Pour this hot milk/cream mix into the strawberry purée, stirring well.
  8. Pour into 6 moulds or glasses. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for a minimum of 6 hours, preferably overnight for the panna cotta to firm up well.

Balsamic Strawberries

  1. About 30 minutes to and hour before serving, get the balsamic strawberries ready. Rinse, dry and hull the 12 strawberries.
  2. Quarter them and place them in a bowl.
  3. Add the balsamic strawberries and sugar and stir well. Cover, and leave aside for 30 – 60 minutes, stirring 2-3 times in that time.

Serve up

  1. If you poured the warm panna cotta into moulds, dip the moulds into hot water for 3 seconds, then invert the moulds onto your serving plates and gently remove the moulds off the panna cotta. No need to unmould if you are using glasses.
  2. Top each panna cotta with 8 little strawberry quarters, drizzling a little of the balsamic vinegar on the panna cotta. Serve immediately.


Total time does not include overnight chilling. Balsamic Strawberries are made 30 – 60 minutes before serving and also not included in the total time.

  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: Italian