An Italian cream dessert made using cream, sugar and milk and set with gelatine. Some versions are delicately flavoured with vanilla or almond, coffee or grappa, others use spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Translated, panna cotta means ‘cooked cream’, although the cream is only brought to the boil to dissolve the sugar and bring out the flavours. The dessert is set in moulds or ramekins and turned out before serving.
Also known as — crema cotta