Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries


Creamy, lemony and heavenly light panna cotta is on the menu today! This easy Italian custard with berries has become a fast favorite… and I know you’ll love it, too!

Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries – This creamy, heavenly and light Italian custard with berries has become a fast favorite. So easy, too! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Where has this dessert been all my life?!

Simple as it may seem, I think my new favorite summer treat has been decided. And, since we’re still in full-fledged, triple-digit-temps summer mode here in Texas, I think I’ll help myself to a few more. To beat the heat, of course.

Panna cotta is a heavenly light, creamy Italian custard made with cream, milk, sugar and powdered gelatin. It. is. amazing. And incredibly easy to make, too. You can mix in any extract you like, but I think it’s best flavored simply with vanilla and lemon. Serve it chilled with heaps of fresh berries, chocolate sauce, fruit coulis or chopped nuts. On a platter. With a glass of Prosecco. Please, thank you and goodbye now.

Sorry, were we supposed to share?

Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries – This creamy, heavenly and light Italian custard with berries has become a fast favorite. So easy, too! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries – This creamy, heavenly and light Italian custard with berries has become a fast favorite. So easy, too! | thecomfortofcooking.com

It’s safe to say I’m obsessed. Panna cotta never previously grabbed my attention as a must-make recipe, but after one bite I was convinced. This stuff is gooood. Just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes is all it takes… and someone to share with. Or not share with.

Do you love whipped cream? You’ll die for panna cotta. Do you like cheesecake? This one’s for you. Do you need me to keep rattling on with analogies? I didn’t think so.

Make it, eat it, love it, repeat. You’re welcome!

Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries – This creamy, heavenly and light Italian custard with berries has become a fast favorite. So easy, too! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

Servings 4


  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 .25 ounce envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Fresh berries for serving


  • In a small bowl, combine milk and gelatin powder. Stir and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan set to medium heat, bring heavy cream and sugar to a boil, watching carefully, as the cream will quickly bubble up. Stir in gelatin mixture until completely dissolved. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and lemon extracts. Pour into four individual ramekin dishes.
  • Cool ramekins uncovered at room temperature. Once cool, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (but preferably overnight) before serving.
  • When ready to serve, top with fresh berries.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. I have never made panna cotta, but it is on my to-do list! This is the perfect light dessert!

  2. My sister and me were talking about how tasty panna cotta is! I will definitely have to make this soon! Just have to become friends with Gelatin first, I always seem to have a problem with it, dang!
    It looks fantastic! x

  3. You’re right, panna cotta here in Italy is one of the most famous desserts but I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve never given it much attention. But flavor it with lemon and I’ll be completely, utterly blown away! Now I can’t wait to give this new lemon version a go!

    xo, Elisa

  4. It looks and sounds irresistible! I am not surprised that it’s favorite summer dessert :)

  5. you make i look so easy, I mean it is easy but your method and pictures just perfect and it makes me want to get in the ktichen right now

  6. I love panna cotta too. It’s so bright and fresh; it’s always such a nice way to end a meal.

  7. I love panna cotta too but didn’t realize it was so easy to make! Definitely going on my to-do lit soon :)

  8. I love panna cotta! This looks lovely!

  9. Pass the dish and a glass or Prosecco, m’kay? I gotta have this in my life.

  10. Looks creamy and delicious! Wish I had some right now!

  11. I’m the same, panna cotta has never been something I’ve been DYING to make or order, but I think you have me convinced! Sounds SOO good!

  12. this looks so light & refreshing! love lemon & berries together :)

  13. Why have I never made panna cotta? Looks totally delish, Georgia!

  14. So pretty, I love the fresh berry topping!

  15. I’ve always been a panna cotta purist but that all ended when I saw these photos. lemon panna cotta for me now!

  16. Boy, panna cotta has never looked so good! What a gorgeous dessert!

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