Cardamom Vanilla Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

Like Tiramisu, Panna Cotta is a traditional Italian dessert found in most 5 star ristorantis. It is one of the most delicate Italian pasticceria you’ll ever taste!

An authentic recipe includes the simple process of lightly simmering fresh cream, milk, sugar and a vanilla pod. It is then set with a touch of gelatin.

Note: some traditional versions of Panna Cotta are made without gelatin, like this one. 🙂
Sounds simple, right? It is! Plus,  just one spoonful and you’re in heaven. The taste and texture is so delicate that people will swear you spent days preparing this amazing dessert.

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Panna Cotta means ‘cooked cream’. However, the cream is lightly cooked just enough to dissolve the sweetener.

Next, the gelatin (or agar agar) is added. Panna Cotta is then poured into moulds and allowed to set. That’s it, finito!
For a more elegant pasticceria, Panna Cotta can be infused with different aromatic flavors like rum, coffee, cardamom or other favorites.

And as far as creativity, the variations are endless. The delicate crème picks up all flavors. Even a scented geranium will add a distinct elegant flavor.
In addition, the moulds can have an enticing sauce on the bottom that oozes out onto the dish when turned over. Like infused aromas, you can be inspired with sauces like caramel, raspberry rose, decadent mocha, burn orange or Rhubarb Compote! And let’s not forget the health benefits of cardamon milk custards.

One last note on impressive pasticcerias: Fanciful  moulds can be used to your advantage. There is a world wind of moulds for Panna Cotta such as rose shape, intricate blossoms, and hearts, oval, circular and even shapes of the brain. You can also use ramekins if moulds aren’t available.

Plus garnishes: Oh my, where does one begin? The basics; mint sprigs, twisted orange, caramelized rose petals, fresh edible flowers, etc. Get the picture!

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Benefits of Cardamom

According to research specialists at LiveStrong cardamom has been used as an ancient medical tradition in tropical parts of India for centuries. As well, this amazing spice is used to treat various health conditions in South Asia and Nepal.

Cardamom is said to cure many ailments like stomach problems, congestion, kidney and lung issues,  sore throat, teeth and gum infections and tuberculosis. Cardamom was also used as an antidote for snake and spider  bites. In addition, it has long been known as a treatment for urinary tract infections – even gonorrhea.

To top it off, cardamom is a culinary spice that dreams are made of. In Middle Eastern cultures, cardamom is made like a coffee known as “gahwa” . It is served everyday and  a hospitality necessity. In East Indian cultures, it is used in spicy-hot masala dishes and in mild curry blends. Cardamom tea is also very popular in India.

Note: Always consult a qualified healthcare specialist before using any treatment such as a detox diet. This includes natural remedies and herbal teas or supplements. Additionally, the information in this article is not intended as medical advice; it is for educational purposes only.


Let’s begin~


Cardamom Vanilla Panna Cotta
Serves 8
Smooth, Delicate & Heavenly
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Prep Time
2 hr 40 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Prep Time
2 hr 40 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
  1. 4 cups half and half
  2. ½ cup fine natural cane sugar
  3. 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  4. 6 green cardamom pods, crushed
  5. 4 ¼ teaspoons agar agar
  6. 6 tablespoons filtered hot water
  1. In a saucepan, add half and half and natural cane sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat when steam rises from the surface.
  2. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise. With the back of a knife, scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the crushed cardamom pods (cardamom seeds and all) to the half and half. Cover and allow too steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the half and half mixture with a fine-mesh strainer. Return to heat and rewarm.
  4. In a large bowl, add boiling hot water and agar agar. Stir continuously until agar agar is dissolved. Pour the half and half mixture over the agar agar mixture. Gently whisk. Pour the Panna Cotta mixture evenly into ramekins or moulds.
  5. Chill at least 2 hours or until firm. Serve with rhubarb compote of other preferred topping. Garnish with desired enhancer.
  1. Agar agar is a non-animal product that comes from Asian seaweed. It has a similar consistency of gelatin but sets more firmly. It is the perfect substitute for vegans or vegetarians! The Japanese name for agar agar is, "kanten".
  2. If you do not have fresh vanilla bean or cardamom seeds you can use ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract instead. Omit the 30 minute steeping period.
  3. For a Vegan Panna Cotta, substitute the half and half with rich coconut milk.
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Picture credit

Panna cotta with vanilla bean: The Fresh Sheet
Nice display of panna cotta: Food, booze and shoes
Vanilla panna cotta with flowers: Geeths Dawath, a Multicuisine Kitchen
Panna cotta with flowers and raspberries: La Bonne Bouche
Panna cotta and raspberries sprinkled with vanilla: Wandering Spice
Panna cotta with pomegranate and lemon: Goat cheese panna cotta via photopin (license)

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