Panna Cotta made with Herbal Tea

Panna Cotta made with Herbal Tea

Panna cotta is a great dessert to have in your repertoire.  I find it incredibly forgiving for a beginner (or when you are distracted while making them).  Panna cotta’s are best made a day in advance, so it is ideal for family get-togethers.  All you need to do is pull them out of the fridge, unmould and serve.  

With so many flavour options, you will be spoiled for choice.  Don’t forget about that Lavender sugar sitting in your pantry.  This is a great opportunity to use it for the flavour and sweetness.

These jiggly little beauties are great for the Christmas season.  Dress them up festively with red raspberries, pomegranate jewels, sprigs of fresh mint.

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Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta flavoured with herbal tea.  This is a wonderfully delicate dessert, be sure to make it a day in advance!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chocolate dessert, desserts from the garden, festive dessert, herbal tea, herbal tea desserts, herbal tea panna cotta, Italian desserts, make ahead, panna cotta
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author admin


  • 375 ml Full cream milk
  • 375 ml Cream
  • 60 ml Sugar
  • 12,5 ml powdered gelatine
  • 30 ml cold water In a small ramakin
  • 10 ml herbal tea (or two tea bags)


  1. Combine the milk, cream, sugar, and tea in a suitably sized pot.  Scald it gently, stirring all the time to dissolve the sugar.  Remove from heat and steep to develop the flavour of the tea.

  2. Sprinkle the gelatine over the water and allow to bloom.  

  3. Strain off the tea and allow the milk mixture to cool slightly.

  4. Heat gelatine to melt and stir into the milk mixture.  

  5. Pour the mixture into ramakins prepared with non-stick spray.  

  6. Leave at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to prevent condensation.  Then move to the fridge and allow to set overnight.

  7. To unmould, wet a finger and gently push along the sides of the panna cotta.  Cover with the plate you are serving them on. Flip over while holding the ramakin and plate flush together.  Give it a little shake and the Panna Cotta should come loose onto the plate.  


Do you want to make a dairy free panna cotta?  Substitute the cream and milk and coconut cream and coconut milk.  Alternatively use just coconut milk or almond milk.  The final set will be softer so you will need to increase the gelatine to 15ml and allow for extra setting time.

For more basic recipes to make your family meal a feast go to the Kitchen Essentials page.

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