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So Easy Peach Melba Panna Cottas Recipe Is the Perfect Creamy, Dreamy Treat

This layered dessert-in-a-glass can be made up to a day ahead

Panna cotta means “cooked cream” in Italian. This silky-smooth delight is made with a mix of cream, milk and sugar. It’s heated on the stove top, then thickened up with gelatin instead of eggs. The result is a luscious custard-like texture that’s irresistible. Typically topped with fruit puree, this classic is super-easy to make yet elegant at the same time. And our Peach Melba Panna Cottas recipe is no exception.

To speed things up, for our recipe, we use half-and-half. It combines two ingredients in one so there’s less to measure. A dash of vanilla extract gives it an extra dose of deliciousness. We whip up fruit purees for the toppings. But for a fun twist, mix in gelatin, then layer the whole thing together in glasses. It’s light, cool and refreshing. Plus, it pairs perfectly with a go-to summer beverage, iced coffee. Let us know how much you love this Peach Melba Panna Cotta recipe. Then leave us a comment below.


6 serving

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  • 2 cups half-and-half, at room temp.
  • 7 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 (¼ oz.) envs. unflavored gelatin
  • 4 cups peeled, sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 3 (6 oz.) conts. fresh raspberries + additional


• In bowl, mix half-and-half, 2 Tbs. sugar and vanilla. In 2-qt. microwavesafe bowl, mix 2 Tbs. water and 1 env. gelatin; let stand until absorbed, 5 min. Microwave until melted, about 10 sec.; stir in half-and-half mixture. Spoon into 6 (8 oz.) glasses. Chill until set. 

• In batches, puree peaches, 2 Tbs. sugar, lemon juice and 1⁄2 cup water. In 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, stir 2 Tbs. water into 1 env. gelatin; let stand 5 min. Microwave 10 sec. Stir in peach puree. Pour over vanilla layer. Chill. 

• Puree 3 containers berries, remaining sugar and 3⁄4 cup water; strain. In 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, stir 2 Tbs. water into remaining env. gelatin; let stand 5 min. Microwave 10 sec.; stir in berry puree. Pour over peach layer. Chill. Top with additional berries.


  • Calories: 255
  • Fat: 10 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 6 gram
  • Protein: 7 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 37 gram
  • Fiber: 7 gram
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg
  • Sugar: 27 gram
  • Sodium: 41 mg
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