Indulge in the Richness of Panna Cotta Dessert

Attention all coffee lovers! Are you tired of the usual coffee drinks and looking for a new way to enjoy your favorite beverage? Look no further than this creamy coffee delight – Coffee Panna Cotta. This rich, velvety dessert is perfect for any occasion and will leave even the most discerning coffee connoisseur impressed.

Made with delicious coffee beans and other simple ingredients like sugar, gelatin sheets, heavy cream, milk, and vanilla extract, this recipe is super easy to make and requires minimal effort. You’ll definitely want to try this recipe for its unique and irresistible taste that combines the rich flavor of coffee with the sweet and smooth texture of a panna cotta.

This recipe is versatile and can be served in many different ways. Whether it’s for a quiet night in or a fancy dinner party, Coffee Panna Cotta will make any occasion more special. Plus, it’s an easy make-ahead dessert that you can prepare ahead of time and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

In this recipe article, I’ll guide you through each step of making this delicious delicacy. From ingredient list to helpful tips for perfect results, I’ll provide you with everything you need to know to create a perfect Coffee Panna Cotta. So let’s get started on this culinary adventure together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Panna Cotta (Coffee/Vanilla Flavoured)
Panna Cotta (Coffee/Vanilla Flavoured)

Are you a coffee lover? Look no further! This Coffee Panna Cotta recipe is sure to give your taste buds a treat. It’s the perfect dessert for coffee enthusiasts, those who love creamy and smooth textures and those looking for a make-ahead and easy-to-prepare dessert.

The creamy coffee flavor is simply irresistible. Not only does its taste excite your senses, but its aroma will fill your home with a warm and cozy fragrance. You’ll enjoy how this recipe combines the flavors of coffee beans, cocoa powder, and dark rum.

This Panna Cotta recipe is versatile; you can try it in different variations such as Vanilla Panna Cotta, Coffee Vanilla Flavoured Panna Cotta or even with Chai Tea. Plus, it is super easy to make with only a few ingredients needed. You can whip up this delightful treat in no time and get creative with the serving possibilities.

So why not impress your guests at your next dinner party or indulge yourself in a sweet and creamy coffee dessert? Trust me; you won’t regret trying out this recipe.

Ingredient List

 Smooth as silk and bursting with flavor – our Coffee/Vanilla Panna Cotta is a dessert worth indulging in.
Smooth as silk and bursting with flavor – our Coffee/Vanilla Panna Cotta is a dessert worth indulging in.

Let’s take a look at the ingredient list for this creamy coffee dessert. You will need the following:

  • 500ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 3 sheets of gelatin
  • 1/2 cup of milk (1% or 2%)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar

For the coffee panna cotta, you will need to replace the vanilla bean with an additional 1 tablespoon of instant coffee, and for the vanilla panna cotta, you can replace the instant coffee with vanilla extract.

Make sure to get good-quality ingredients for the best flavor. You can either use fresh coffee beans or cocoa powder to add extra richness and depth to the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Add a touch of sophistication to your dinner party with this Italian classic.
Add a touch of sophistication to your dinner party with this Italian classic.

Now that you are familiar with the ingredients needed in making a mouthwatering Coffee/Vanilla Flavoured Panna Cotta, let’s delve into the how-to of the recipe. It is super easy and straightforward to create this creamy coffee panna cotta.

Step 1: Preparing gelatin sheets

Soak 2 sheets of cold water in cold water for about 5 minutes until they soften. After that, squeeze the excess water out of the sheets and set them aside.

Step 2: Preparing Coffee Syrup

In a medium saucepan, add 3/4 cup of coffee and 1/2 cup of sugar. Heat the mixture gently on low heat, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and stir to combine everything together. After that, remove from heat and let it cool.

Step 3: Preparing Panna Cotta Mixture

In another medium saucepan, combine 1 cup milk, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 vanilla bean, split down one side or 1 tsp vanilla extract. Place on medium heat and stir occasionally to dissolve sugar. Be careful not to let it boil.

Add the soaked gelatin leaves to the saucepan and whisk till completely dissolved.

Step 4: Combining Coffee Syrup and Panna Cotta Mixture

Pour coffee syrup into panna cotta mixture, whisk well till fully combined.

Step 5: Pouring Mixture into Serving Cups

Using a fine-mesh strainer, filter out any lumps from your mixture. Pour your panna cotta mixture evenly into six small glasses or cups.

Step 6: Refrigerate Panna Cotta Until Firm

Place your panna cotta mixture-filled glasses in the fridge for at least four hours or until firm.

After your panna cotta chills, you may top them with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or any other preferred topping. Enjoy a rich and creamy Coffee/Vanilla Flavoured Panna Cotta that will leave you craving more.

Substitutions and Variations

 A creamy and dreamy delight, perfect to satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings.
A creamy and dreamy delight, perfect to satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings.

Looking to switch up your coffee panna cotta recipe? Here are a few ideas for substitutions and variations that can give your dessert a unique twist.

– Flavored Coffee: For an extra kick of flavor, try using flavored coffee in this recipe. Vanilla, hazelnut, or cinnamon flavored coffee beans can add a delicious and aromatic element to your coffee panna cotta.

– Cocoa Powder: If you’re in the mood for something chocolatey, consider adding a tablespoon of cocoa powder to your coffee panna cotta mixture. This will result in a rich and creamy chocolate-coffee indulgence.

– Alcohol: A splash of dark rum or Irish cream liqueur can add some depth and complexity to your coffee panna cotta recipe. Just make sure not to add too much as it can affect the texture of the dessert.

– Chai Tea: For a cozy and spiced twist on the classic coffee panna cotta, consider using chai tea instead of coffee. The blend of spices will bring warmth and flavor to your dessert.

– Caramel Sauce: Use caramel sauce instead of chocolate sauce when serving your creamy coffee panna cotta. You can also drizzle some over the top for added decadence.

– Condensed Milk Panna Cotta: Substitute heavy cream with condensed milk for a more sweetened condensed milk panna cotta variant.

Overall, there are many possibilities when it comes to experimenting with different flavors and ingredients in your Coffee Panna Cotta recipe. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen – who knows, you might just come up with the next Jamie Oliver coffee dessert!

Serving and Pairing

 You'll never feel guilty over spoiling yourself with our low-calorie Coffee/Vanilla Panna Cotta recipe.
You’ll never feel guilty over spoiling yourself with our low-calorie Coffee/Vanilla Panna Cotta recipe.

Now that you’ve made this delicious coffee or vanilla flavoured panna cotta, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it for the ultimate flavour experience. There are several ways to serve this creamy coffee dessert, but some of our favourite ways are topped with fresh berries, chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce.

For a classic coffee pairing, we suggest serving this panna cotta with a shot of espresso or a cup of strong coffee. The creamy flavour of the panna cotta complements the bold flavour profile of the coffee. If you prefer a sweeter taste, try serving the dessert with a drizzle of your favourite syrup, such as a vanilla or coffee syrup.

For those who enjoy tea or other non-caffeinated beverages, this panna cotta goes perfectly with chai tea. The warming spices in the chai complement the vanilla and coffee flavours in the dessert. Alternatively, serve it with iced coffee for a refreshing contrast.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing this creamy coffee panna cotta with a small glass of dark rum on the side to accentuate and enhance the depth of flavour. Or why not experiment by adding cocoa powder to the panna cotta mixture for a decadent chocolate twist?

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your vanilla or coffee flavoured panna cotta recipe, one thing is for sure – it will be an unforgettable dessert that people will rave about.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of coffee and vanilla flavors, every bite will leave you wanting more.
The perfect balance of coffee and vanilla flavors, every bite will leave you wanting more.

As a busy barista, I understand the value of prepping ahead of time. And this recipe for coffee and vanilla panna cotta is no different. It makes a great make-ahead dessert, perfect for dinner parties and special occasions.

Once you’ve made your creamy coffee panna cotta and let it set, you can cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. This will give the flavors time to develop further, making your dessert even more delicious.

If you want to store it longer, you can freeze it for up to 2 weeks. Just make sure to thaw it in the fridge overnight before serving. You don’t want to microwave this dessert as gelatin can become unpleasantly chewy if overheated.

When reheating, be cautious about overheating the panna cotta since high temperatures can ruin its texture. Gently place cups in a pan of hot water, submerging each one about two-thirds of the way into the water until softened (about 4 minutes). The key is to never let the water boil or simmer; just keep it at a warm temperature.

It’s worth noting that adding extra espresso powder could make your dessert a little rubbery upon reheating because coffee’s natural acidity interferes with gelatin’s setting properties.

With these helpful tips and tricks, you can make sure that your coffee and vanilla panna cotta stays fresh and delicious no matter how far ahead you prepare!

Tips for Perfect Results

 With a simple recipe like this, impressing friends and family is a piece of cake!
With a simple recipe like this, impressing friends and family is a piece of cake!

When it comes to making perfect Panna Cotta, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some tips to help you achieve creamy coffee-flavored Panna Cotta that will impress your guests:

Firstly, use high-quality ingredients. The flavor of the Panna Cotta relies heavily on the type of coffee and vanilla bean used. We recommend using freshly roasted coffee beans and whole vanilla beans for optimal taste.

Secondly, follow the recipe accurately, particularly when it comes to the gelatin. If too much or too little gelatin is added, it can affect the texture of the Panna Cotta. Make sure to measure out your ingredients precisely.

Thirdly, allow enough time for your Panna Cotta to set properly. If you’re in a rush and take it out of the fridge too soon, it won’t be firm enough and won’t have the desired creamy texture. Plan ahead and give yourself at least four hours (preferably overnight) for the Panna Cotta to set.

Fourthly, when adding coffee or espresso to your Panna Cotta mix, make sure that it has completely cooled down before pouring it into the molds. Hot espresso can cause the cream mixture to curdle, resulting in a grainy texture instead of a smooth one.

Lastly, be creative with your toppings and sauces! Consider adding chocolate sauce or caramel sauce over the top of your Panna Cotta for an extra burst of flavor. You can also experiment with other flavors like chai tea or jamie oliver’s condensed milk Panna Cotta.

Remember, making Panna Cotta is an art form that requires practice and patience. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a delicious creamy coffee dessert that everyone will love.


As with any recipe, questions may arise while preparing your coffee panna cotta. To help you get the best results and avoid any blunders, I’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about this delicious dessert. Don’t worry if you don’t see the answer to your question, feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll respond as soon as possible. Let’s dive into these FAQs, shall we?

How to make vanilla panna cotta Jamie?

To create a tasty dessert, grab a small saucepan and add 200ml of semi-skimmed milk along with ½ a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste. Warm the mixture on medium heat until it is simmering, and then take it off the heat. Add some gelatine to it and stir well. Once the gelatine is mixed in, take 200g of natural yoghurt and whisk it into the saucepan until it becomes smooth. Afterward, pour the mixture into small glasses or serving moulds to set.

What is vanilla panna cotta made of?

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert that translates to ‘cooked cream’. It is made with minimal ingredients, including a blend of cream, sugar, and vanilla, and is set with gelatin to achieve a custard-like texture.

What flavor is latte panna?

For a delightful beverage that boasts a smooth blend of coffee and cream, I advise you to try this recipe. While using quick coffee from your coffee maker would still work, I suggest intensifying the coffee flavor by making it a bit more robust than usual. This way, it will fuse well with the creamy base, giving it a perfect balance of sweetness and richness.

Why is my panna cotta rubbery?

Over time, the gelatin in the panna cotta becomes more resilient, which may result in a somewhat elastic texture on the fourth or fifth day. However, allowing the dessert to sit at moderate room temperature for approximately thirty minutes before serving can help minimize this effect.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this coffee/vanilla flavoured panna cotta recipe is the perfect dessert for coffee lovers. With its creamy texture and coffee flavour, it can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. This super easy to make recipe requires only a few ingredients and can be modified to cater to any variant of panna cotta.

This versatile recipe can be served with a variety of sauces such as chocolate, caramel or even chai tea for a unique experience. It is also an excellent dessert to be served at cafes and restaurants, loved by customers who wish to complete their meal on a sweet note.

Whether you are enjoying it after dinner or simply indulging in some me-time with coffee-flavoured dessert, this panna cotta recipe will not disappoint. Be sure to try out this delectable dessert, and you’ll find yourself addicted to it in no time.

Panna Cotta (Coffee/Vanilla Flavoured)

Panna Cotta (Coffee/Vanilla Flavoured) Recipe

From "This is one of the classics amongst the "dolci al cucchiaio" (spoon desserts) and there is not much to say about it, except that it is delicious and very easy to make. There are many versions of panna cotta and the one I am going to present to you is the panna cotta flavoured with coffee and vanilla."
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 1081.6 kcal


  • 500 ml double cream (slightly less than a pint)
  • 1/2 g vanilla powder, see note below*
  • 90 g sugar (3 1/2 1/2 oz)
  • 4 g instant coffee (1 tbs)
  • 15 ml dark rum (1/2 fl oz, alternatively use brandy)
  • 4 g gelatin, leaves (2 leaves)
  • cocoa powder, for dusting
  • coffee beans, A few for decorationa


  • First, soak the gelatine leaves in a small bowl filled with cold water and set aside.
  • Next, pour the cream into a small pan and turn the heat on (gentle heat) add the vanilla powder/extract.
  • Add the sugar, coffee and rum.
  • Stir gently for a few minutes until the cream gets close to the simmer point (avoid boiling the cream).
  • If you have a thermometer, check that the cream reaches 90ºC and, at that point, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Now, squeeze the gelatine leaves and add then to the pan.
  • Stir for a couple of minutes or until the gelatine is completely dissolved and strain the cream into a jug.
  • Now, pour the cream into the glasses (or fill 4 glasses half way) and put the glasses in the fridge for about 4-6 hours so that the panna cotta has time to set.
  • Finally, when you want to eat your panna cotta, I suggest you dust it with some cocoa powder and that's it.
  • Enjoy it!
  • *Note: the sachet I used contained about ½ g of vanilla extract in powder, however you can use vanilla extract in liquid form (just a few drops) or infuse a small vanilla pod.

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Serving: 156gCalories: 1081.6kcalCarbohydrates: 52.9gProtein: 7.2gFat: 94.4gSaturated Fat: 58.7gCholesterol: 349.4mgSodium: 102.1mgSugar: 45.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, European, Weeknight
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