Lavender Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta – Toma Leche!

I dream of sweets all the time but in the warmest season of the year, they seem like such a task to make.  I picture the sweaty kitchen and think twice about dessert creating.  Until recently that was the case…

A little while back I had a hands on lesson with Danielle Keene ( you may remember her from Top Desserts) and Chef Michelle Quiles (gelatin queen extraordinaire).  I learned a few sweet Milk based recipes to keep cool with in the dead of heat… Creamy Summer Desserts.

Pictured below: The desserts we ate and made. 🙂

All photos taken by: Nicole Presley




Ingredients for Lavender Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta:    (Pictured at top)

1 – vanilla bean, split

2 1/4 – teaspoons dried lavender

1/2 – cup sugar

1- cup milk

3 – cups heavy cream

1/2 – cup creme fraiche

1 – tablespoon powdered gelatin

In a saucepan over medium heat bring vanilla bean, lavender, sugar, 1/2 cup milk and 1 1/2 cups heavy cream to a simmer.  Cover, remove from heat and set aside to steep for 30 minutes.  In a separate bowl, mix gelatin powder in remaining 1/2 cup milk to hydrate.  Reheat vanilla mixture and pour over gelatin mixture.  Whisk until combined and gelatin is dissolved.  Whisk in creme fraiche and strain.  Cool to room temperature.  With a electric mixer whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream to soft peaks.  Gently fold in vanilla bean mixture in two parts.  Pour into small greased ramekins and chill for 6 hours or overnight.  Unmold and serve with blueberry caramel and fresh fruit.

Ingredients for Berry Caramel Sauce:

1 -cup sugar 

1/4 – cup water

1 3/4 – cup fresh berries pureed

1 – tablespoon butter


In a saucepan over high heat, combine sugar and water.  Boil until mixture is an amber color.  Add berry puree and butter.  Whisk until dissolved.  Strain and serve over panna cotta.

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13 Responses to Lavender Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta – Toma Leche!

  1. Ericka says:

    I had really fun time making milk desserts with you. Lets do it again soon!

  2. Monica says:

    OH. MY! This looks incredible. I wish I had seen this yesterday. It would have gone perfectly with our 4-H meeting today at lunch! Definitely making this sometime soon. Maybe 4th of July?

  3. Yum! The recipe uses super simple ingredients! By the looks of it I thought I was going to see a long list of items I had never heard of it. Pinning it for next time 🙂

  4. These desserts look delicious! Great pictures – I pinned.

  5. Looks delicious!!! I want some 🙂

  6. Unknown Mami says:

    That sounds so good. My husband just made lavender butter and it is amazing.

  7. Maria Amelia says:

    My new favorite dessert of the moment is Panna Cotta. I actually like it better than… wait for it… flan! GASP!!! (Don’t tell my mother!) I think you just gave me the recipe for dessert for Father’s Day. Thank you very, very much!!

  8. Helena says:

    Que rico! I’ve always wanted to cook with lavender…I will have to try this. Thanks!

  9. Rachel says:

    Yum, yum, yum! These would be great on any occasion! Panna cotta is milk from heaven. Will definitely try this one. Pinned and liked on Facebook.

  10. RubyDW says:

    How fun and oh so pretty!

  11. Eva Smith says:

    Oh yum! I’m going to have to try to add lavendar to my recipe! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Sujeiry says:

    These look amazing. Might just have to try to make this for my first dinner party when I am in LA!

  13. Yum, yum, yum! I love anything with lavanda… que rico!

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