Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

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This Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries is a new favorite of mine! With the tasty addition of strawberries and blueberries, it also makes a festive red, white and blue dessert for the fourth of July!

Want to incorporate more fresh fruit into your desserts? You have to try my Berries and Cream Cupcakes!

Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries in glass cups

Panna Cotta Recipe with Fresh Fruit

I’ve recently fallen in love with panna cotta, and it’s made better with the addition of fresh fruit.

So we finally got home from our trip to South Africa yesterday morning after about 36 hours of total travel time – from the time we left our hotel to the time we got home. Brutal, I tell you. But the trip was worth it.

And travel to and from the U.S. was quite interesting. I haven’t really flown out the country post 9/11 and the security was high.

Flying to South Africa, and within, was quite easy. The security checks were much more relaxed than here. First of all, the airports aren’t as busy so there weren’t security lines that went on forever. I think the most people we had in line in front of us at one point was 10. You also don’t have to strip down. No removing of shoes or anything.

The only thing they do quite a bit of is checking ID and boarding passes. They do that a lot.

That all changed when we were boarding our flight to come home. We’d booked our round trip out of Johannesburg, but spent the last 3 days of our trip in Cape Town. So we flew Cape Town to Johannesburg first, then had to grab our luggage and recheck everything for the remainder of the trip.

When we got to the gate to board, they divided men and women into two lines. They searched everyone up and down and went through everyone’s luggage that they were taking on board. Unzipped suitcases, removed shoes, patted them down and everything. The works. Plus, lots of passport checks. Like 3 times between the gate and actually setting foot on the plane.

Overhead view of Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries in glass cups on a tray
Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries in glass cups

Then, during our hour stop in Dakar for refueling (which we’d also had on the way to South Africa) they went through and checked every empty seat. Then we had to remove all our luggage from the overhead bins and they checked for anything left behind.

They did none of that on the way there. It was all because we were flying to the U.S. and probably because it was D.C. we were flying into.

Then in D.C. (our last stop before ATL), we had to grab our luggage again since it was our first entry to the U.S. and they rechecked it again. The third security check in one trip for our luggage. We also had to go through a separate security check again.

I say all of this not to complain, but because I found it so interesting how different it is to fly into the U.S. vs flying into South Africa. The security measures are high. You’d have a tough time getting anything by them. At least it seemed that way to us.

The U.S. isn’t playin’ around. 🙂

Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries in glass cups on a tray
Close-up of Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries in a glass cup

And while our trip was beautiful and so much fun, it also made us really appreciate the country we live in. Even more reason to celebrate America on July 4th.

And these beautiful panna cottas should definitely go on your list for celebrating, or for any time you need an easy and tasty treat.

I fell in love with panna cotta a couple months ago when I sent to Santa Barbara and I couldn’t wait to make some of my own. It’d never appealed to me until I actually tried it and now I could eat it all the time.

Why I Love Panna Cotta

If you haven’t had panna cotta before, you really have to try it. It’s SO easy to make. It’s sort of a cross between pudding and cheesecake in both consistency and flavor. It’s also no bake, which is a bonus. Yes, you use the stove, but not for long.

It’s primary ingredient is milk. If you could imagine a vanilla milk that’s made firm with gelatin. Now normally gelatin wouldn’t appeal to me, but it’s so good. That’s why I say you just have to try it. It’s the jam. And I love the pop of flavor from the fresh fruit.

The hubs totally died over how good they were too. We are both panna cotta lovers now. In fact, he was quite stingy with them and did not want to share. A true testament to how yummy they are. 🙂

Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries in glass cups on a tray

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Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries on wooden/metal tray

Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 panna cottas
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries is a new favorite of mine! With the tasty addition of strawberries and blueberries, it also makes a festive red, white and blue dessert for the fourth of July!



  • 1 cup (149g) chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup (147g) blueberries
  • 4 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 5 tbsp cold water
  • 3 cups (720ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (240ml) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (29g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Additional berries, for topping



  1. Chop strawberries into small, bite size pieces. Mix chopped strawberries and blueberries together in a small bowl.
  2. Divide strawberries and blueberries evenly between eight 8-oz glasses. (Approximately 1/4 cup of fruit per glass.)
  3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a medium-sized bowl and let stand 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. While gelatin sits, heat the heavy cream, milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the milk mixture over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  6. Pour the panna cotta mixture into the prepared cups, dividing it evenly among the cups. Chill them until firm, 3-4 hours.


  1. Once firm, make whipped cream. Whip heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form.
  3. Top panna cotta with whipped cream and some additional strawberries and blueberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best when eaten within 3-4 days. 


Recipe modified from Food Network.


  • Serving Size: 1 trifle
  • Calories: 633
  • Sugar: 59.5 g
  • Sodium: 239.4 mg
  • Fat: 39.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.7 g
  • Protein: 9.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 122.3 mg

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Recipe modified from Food Network.


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  1. Daniela Fonseca

    Hi Lindsay, your recipies are always absolutely fabulous! I’m your no.1 fan! I’m Portuguese and I like to search for recipies from out of my contry and when I found your website I fell in love 🙂 Thank you for sharing these beautiful kitchen treasures 🙂

  2. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    Wow, that is alot of travel! You must be a seasoned traveller by now. Meanwhile this panacotta looks amazing. I have never made it at home before! Perfect for July 4!


      I don’t know about seasoned, but certainly learned a few things. You definitely have to try panna cotta – I never would’ve thought I’d love it, but I do!

  3. Joan Hayes

    Lindsay, these are so gorgeous! They look like the perfect light treat for a 4th of July party! Thanks for sharing your recipe. : )

  4. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Welcome back!! This past year was the first time I have had a panna cotta and it was awesome!

  5. Kimberly@The Little Girls Bakery

    Maybe I should give this a shot! Anything made with gelatin never really sounded to pleasing to me, but now that you’ve demystified panna cotta, it sounds great!


      Yes, gelatin is one of those things that I generally avoid, but is great in the right things. And panna cotta is definitely more delicious than I would’ve thought. 🙂

  6. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    I have never made panna cotta before, but you have encouraged me to give it a try!

  7. Beth

    I’ve been seeing lots of recipes for panna cotta but I didn’t know what it was, so thanks for explaining that 🙂 Your photos are gorgeous!


      I had been too – I’m glad I finally figured it out because it’s delish! 🙂 Thanks Beth!

  8. Mir

    All the security measures are somewhat reassuring, even though I’m sure it was pretty wearying to have to keep getting everything checked. It sounds like a great trip, though!
    And these are intriguing me. I’ve never tried panna cotta, and now I really want to even more. It’s always there on menus and I’m not sure if I want to order it. I’m gonna give it a shot, Lindsay!

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29