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Coffee Panna Cotta

  • Author: Myles
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes + chill time
  • Yield: 4 1x


Rich and creamy. That’s what this coffee panna cotta is. It’s an excellent way to end a delightful meal, be it lunch or dinner. It can also be a great snack paired with a hot cup of coffee or tea.



8 ounces whole milk (divided)

1 1/2 tsp. unflavored powdered gelatin

3 to 4 tsp. instant coffee

1/3 to 1/2 c. granulated sugar

8 ounces heavy cream (divided)

1/2 tsp. vanilla paste or extract

pinch of salt


  1. Using a small bowl, combine 2 ounces of the whole milk with the gelatin and instant coffee. Stir well. Allow the gelatin to bloom for about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the remaining whole milk together with the sugar and salt in a small saucepan until steaming but not boiling.
  3. Add the gelatin mixture and heat for about 5 to 10 seconds. Do not let the mixture boil.
  4. Set aside and let cool for about 30 minutes.
  5. Strain the gelatin mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl and then stir in half of the heavy cream.
  6. Add the vanilla to the other half of the heavy cream. Whip until the vanilla bean specks are suspended. The whisk should leave tracks in the cream.
  7. Fold the whipped cream into the gelatin mixture.
  8. Pour into small containers.
  9. Chill for at least 3 to 4 hours before serving.


  • The amount of instant coffee depends on how strong the coffee flavor of your panna cotta is. The same is true with granulated sugar.
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