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Luscious Orange Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a silky custard made without eggs that's often topped with a sauce. Tossing orange sections with turbinado sugar adds a rich flavor you won't get using granulated sugar.

Southern Living JANUARY 2011

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Total:8 Hours, 25 Minutes


  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold milk, divided
  • 3 navel oranges, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup Buttery Orange Curd
  • Garnishes: sweetened whipped cream, fresh mint sprigs


1. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl; stir until moistened. Let stand 5 minutes. (Mixture will be lumpy.)

2. Meanwhile, carefully remove 3 (2- x 1-inch) strips of rind from 1 navel orange using a vegetable peeler. Reserve orange for another use.

3. Cook heavy cream, granulated sugar, and orange rind strips in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and add gelatin mixture, stirring until mixture is dissolved. Stir in vanilla and remaining 3/4 cup milk. Discard orange rind strips.

4. Pour mixture into 6 (4-oz.) dessert glasses or wineglasses. Cover and chill 8 hours.

5. Peel and section remaining 2 navel oranges. Roll orange sections in turbinado sugar. Top panna cotta with Buttery Orange Curd and sugared oranges. Garnish, if desired. Store leftover panna cotta in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Note: We tested with HAIN Pure Foods Natural Turbinado Sugar.


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