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Panna Cotta with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

June 2, 2020

This luscious vanilla panna cotta with sweet-tart strawberry rhubarb compote is a silky-smooth, elegant dessert for any spring or summer occasion! It can be served in cocktail glasses or turned upside down, and can be made a whole day ahead of time!

4 glasses of panna cotta with strawberry rhubarb compote on a table, topped with little flowers, and flowers on the table.

Any time I see panna cotta on the menu, I get it. It’s one of my very favorite desserts! I also have to admit that I commonly order 2 servings, just for myself, because one never seems to be enough.

I do the same with flan and other creamy desserts like cheesecake mousses, and I don’t care what people think. It’s how I like to reward myself – overindulging with rich, creamy desserts… and French gimlets!

This panna cotta recipe serves 8, takes just 4 hours to set, and the compote takes only 20 minutes to make! It’s also one of my Fancy & Frugal Recipes, meaning it can be made for under $25!

A spoon in a glass of panna cotta.

Here’s the Process!

1. We’ll make the compote by slicing rhubarb and strawberries, then simmering them for about 1520 minutes with honey and water.

2. Then we’ll make the panna cotta by dissolving gelatin, simmering cream with sugar and vanilla, mixing everything together and pouring it into glasses.

A Few Tips!

1. You may want to use a potato masher on the compote.

If your compote is still a bit chunky after 20 minutes of simmering, simply give it a little mash with a potato masher to make it smoother.

2. If you don’t have honey…

Substitute just 1½ tbsp. of sugar instead. You might be tempted to make it sweeter, but believe me, it’s yummier on the tart side.

3. Don’t go too overboard with the compote.

It’s so tasty, and SO special, but it really overpowers the panna cotta if it’s piled on top, so just add about 1½ tbsp. to the tops of your panna cotta.

Common Questions:

1. When and where can I find rhubarb?

There’s just a small window in Brooklyn where I can find rhubarb. It starts around the end of May and lasts only through the first 3 weeks of June, so I grab it as soon as I see it! But in some places, it can be found from April to early Summer. If your local grocery store doesn’t carry it, check your local farmer’s market.

2. How long will strawberry rhubarb keep?

It will stay perfect for 1 week in a refrigerated container with a lid, then it can be frozen and kept for months!

3. How far ahead can I make the panna cotta?

You can make panna cotta 1 whole day ahead of time! Technically, you can make it a whole 2 days ahead of time, but the surface starts to firm up and the texture becomes a bit less silky and appetizing.

Also be sure to cover the glasses with cellophane to keep as much moisture in as you can.

A spoon pouring honey over a sauce pan full of strawberries.

4. What do I need to make this recipe?

  1. Cutting board and sharp knife
  2. Small-medium sauce pan
  3. Small bowl – to melt gelatin
  4. 8 cocktail glasses

How to Make Panna Cotta with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote – Step by Step

First, Make the Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

A step by step process showing how to make strawberry rhubarb compote.

1. Slice 1 cup of rhubarb about ½ an inch thick.

2. Slice 1 cup of strawberries also about ½ an inch thick.

3. Add strawberries and rhubarb to a small-medium sauce pan. Add 2 tbsp. honey and 1 tbsp. water.

4. Simmer fruit with honey and water for 15-20 minutes until smooth, stirring occasionally. Once done, place in a container with a lid and refrigerate while you make the panna cotta.

Second, Make the Panna Cotta

A step by step process showing how to make panna cotta.

1. In a small bowl, add ¼ cup boiling water, and 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin (1 packet Knox Gelatin). Gently stir until dissolved. Set aside.

2. In a small-medium sauce pan, add 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup half & half, 6 tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. real vanilla extract. Simmer and stir over medium heat and allow to gently boil.

3. Add dissolved gelatin and stir. Remove from heat.

4. Carefully divide panna cotta into glasses and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 

When ready to serve, simply spoon 1 tbsp. of your tasty strawberry rhubarb compote on top of the panna cotta and devour!

A glass of panna cotta with strawberry rhubarb compote on a table, topped with little flowers, and flowers on the table.

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A glass of panna cotta with strawberry rhubarb compote on a table, topped with little flowers, and flowers on the table.
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Panna Cotta with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

This luscious vanilla panna cotta with sweet-tart strawberry rhubarb compote is a silky smooth and elegant dessert for any spring or summer occasion!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Setting Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: panna cotta
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 317kcal
Cost: $25

Equipment

  • Cutting board and sharp knife
  • Small-medium sauce pan
  • Small bowl - to melt gelatin
  • 8 cocktail glasses

Ingredients

For the Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

  • 1 cup rhubarb - sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries - sliced
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. water

For the Panna Cotta

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup half & half - or full fat milk
  • 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin - about 1 packet of Knox Gelatin
  • 6 tbsp. white granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. real vanilla extract - I use Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract.
  • ¼ cup boiling water

Instructions

To Make Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

  • Slice 1 cup of rhubarb about ½ an inch thick, then slice 1 cup of strawberries also about ½ an inch thick.
  • Add strawberries and rhubarb to a small-medium sauce pan. Add 2 tbsp. honey and 1 tbsp. water. Simmer fruit with honey and water for 15-20 minutes until smooth, stirring occasionally. Once done, place in a container with a lid and refrigerate while you make the panna cotta.

To Make Panna Cotta

  • In a small bowl, add ¼ cup boiling water, and 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin (1 packet Knox Gelatin). Gently stir until dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a small-medium sauce pan, add 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup half & half, 6 tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. real vanilla extract. Simmer and stir over medium heat and allow to gently boil. Add dissolved gelatin and stir. Remove from heat.
  • Carefully divide panna cotta into glasses and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Add about 1 tbsp. of compote to your glasses when ready to serve.

Notes

Common Questions:

1. How long will strawberry rhubarb keep?
It will stay perfect for 1 week in a refrigerated container with a lid, then it can be frozen and kept for months!
2. How far ahead can I make the panna cotta?
You can make panna cotta 1 whole day ahead of time! Technically, you can make it a whole 2 days ahead of time, but the surface starts to firm up and the texture becomes less silky and appetizing, so only make it this far in advance if you’re going to flip it upside down. Also be sure to cover the glasses with cellophane to keep as much moisture in as you can.

A Few Tips!

1. You may want to use a potato masher on the compote.
If your compote is still a bit chunky after 20 minutes of simmering, simply give it a little mash with a potato masher to make it smoother.
2. If you don’t have honey…
Substitute just 1½ tbsp. of sugar instead. You might be tempted to make it sweeter, but believe me, it’s yummier on the tart side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 997IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg

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