An easy-to-make, no-bake dessert that’s as pretty to look at is it is delicious to eat: Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta!  Whip up this refreshing dessert in just minutes, and enjoy seasonal strawberries at the peak of their season.  

Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta: sweet, summery, and so simple to make!

Ok ok ok, I have been blabbering on for weeks now about how gorgeous the strawberries are right now, so I figured it’s about time I put my money where my mouth is.  Today, I’m bringing you this gorgeous pink dessert that literally whips up in minutes and is just bursting with sweet, summery, strawberry flavor.

Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta: sweet, summery, and so simple to make!

I know the fancy-sounding title makes it seem like a complicated recipe, but I promise you it’s anything but.  If you’ve ever made panna cotta before, back me up here!  Isn’t it just about the easiest dessert you can make?

Think Jell-o, but only instead of artificial coloring and food dyes, panna cotta gets its appeal from things like fresh fruit, dairy, liqueurs, and/or chocolate.  Or in this case, from ripe, juicy strawberries and tangy buttermilk.  This flavor combination is truly a match made in heaven!  The buttermilk lends a creamy feel, creates a pretty pastel-pink hue, and it’s actually quite low in fat.  Just something I can’t help thinking about, with bathing suit season quickly approaching.  Aiyee!

Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta: sweet, summery, and so simple to make!

This just the kind of dessert I like to enjoy out on our patio.  After a leisurely al fresco meal, with the birds singing, the sun setting, and the kids playing in the grass…  it’s perfect for this time of year: no-bake, effortless, and refreshing.  Just puree some strawberries, stir in the buttermilk, sugar, and gelatin, and warm on the stove until everything has dissolved.  A splash of vanilla or orange blossom water, pour into molds, and refrigerate until firm.  It’s that simple!

I picked up my molds at a flea market, but I can tell you they hold 1/2 cup of liquid, so any kind of 4-ounce ramekin or jar you may have will work just as well.  I hope you’ll give this recipe a try, while the strawberries are at their absolute peak!  And have a great weekend!

Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta: sweet, summery, and so simple to make!

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Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta

An easy-to-make, no-bake dessert that's as pretty to look at is it is delicious to eat: Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta! Whip up this refreshing dessert in just minutes, and enjoy seasonal strawberries at the peak of their season.

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time Total Time 15 minutes
Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Lightly mist six 4-ounce molds or ramekins with non-stick spray.
  2. Puree the strawberries in a blender, food processor, or mini-chopper.  (You should have about 1 1/2 cups of strawberry puree.)  
  3. Place the strawberry puree in a small saucepan, and stir in the buttermilk and sugar.  
  4. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on top and allow it to soften for about 5 minutes.  
  5. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar and gelatin are completely dissolved (5-10 minutes).  
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla or orange blossom water.
  7. Divide the liquid equally between the prepared molds.  
  8. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set, then unmold and serve.

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Recipe Notes

The panna cotta can be served directly in ramekins/jars, or unmolded.  To unmold, run the tip of a sharp knife around the top edge, tilt, and press the side of the blade gently against the panna cotta to release the vacuum.  Invert onto serving plate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (1/2 cup)
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 123kcal Calories from fat 7
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Carbohydrate 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta: sweet, summery, and so simple to make!