Thursday, June 12

Almond Panna Cotta with Glazed Cherries for Father's Day Dessert

cherry panna cotta no fruit

Millions of you wrote in this week asking me for a dessert to go with the creamy lobster risotto for Father's Day. (OK, maybe thousands of you. Or maybe like a couple anyway). So here it is: Almond Panna Cotta with Glazed Cherries. You didn't think I was gonna leave you in the lurch, did you?

Panna cotta or "cooked cream" is a popular Italian dessert made from cooking milk, cream, sugar, and gelatin. It makes a luxurious dessert for Father's Day or any other special occasion. Be warned: panna cotta's silky texture and rich flavor will make even the manliest of men swoon. He may even say strange things like, "heavenly," "sublime," and "decadent." This is normal. However, if this behavior continues for more than a few hours, don't panic. Turn your television on to the Speed Channel, gently lead your man to the sofa, and seat him there with a Slim Jim and a Coors Light. In a few hours he'll be making sense again.

cherries red colander

There are myriad recipes for panna cotta, but I used Helen's (everyone's favorite tartelette). Helen claimed this panna cotta was "easy-peasy," and she wasn't kidding. It took minutes to make, then it was placed in the fridge to set. It's endlessly versatile as well; I added almond extract to mine since almonds and cherries are so lovely together. But feel free to experiment with your own favorite flavors.

So make Dad some panna cotta this weekend. It's much more impressive than a sundae but still has a cherry on top.

cherry panna cotta cherries

Almond Panna Cotta with Glazed Cherries
Makes 4 small servings.
Print recipe only here.

Panna Cotta:
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream or half and half
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons powdered unflavored gelatin bloomed in 2 tablespoons water

3/4 cup fresh pitted cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon water or orange juice

In a small saucepan over medium-high, combine milk, cream, and sugar; bring to a boil. Stir in the almond extract. Remove from heat, and let stand for 20 minutes. Pass the mixture through a sieve. Microwave the gelatin for 8 seconds, and stir it in the cream mixture. Divide evenly among 4 small ramekins or other servings dishes. Cover with Saran Wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a small pan over medium-heat high. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened. Leave at room temperature or refrigerate if making ahead. Just slightly re-heat it before serving, as it will thicken when chilled.

For an alternate presentation, you can flip the panna cotta upside down on a plate and spoon the glazed cherries on top.

Here are more delicious desserts you might like for Father's Day:

Fresh Cherry and Peach Upside-Down Cake

Mini Custards with Limoncello-Spiked Raspberry Sauce

Quick Chocolate-Cinnamon Mousse with Cherries

Strawberry-Rhubarb Sponge Pudding

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Susan @ SGCC said...

My husband won't touch this stuff, so I guess I'll just have to make some for me! I guarantee that one bite will have me swooning. It looks divine!

Manggy said...

You're such a sweet daughter Susan! Cherries and almonds are an excellent match (well, they are both roses!). Thanks for reminding me, it's been a while since I've made panna cotta! (though I will burn off the last few desserts I've gorged on, haha)

Pille said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my panna cotta, dear Susan! BTW - almond panna cotta is next on my list - Skye Gyngell has a lovely-sounding recipe that I've been meaning to try. But now it looks like I must try two different almond panna cotta recipes:)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Funnily enough, only yesterday I came across a recipe for a toasted almond pannacotta. I'd better try them both. Love the idea of the glazed cherries to finish - tasty and purdy!

Asha said...

My hubby is not a dessert person, but this might make him take a spoonful!:))

Happy Father's day to your dad! Enjoy.

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

It is such an easy recipe the combination of cherry and almond. A beautiful dessert for Fathers day.

LyB said...

Your photos are so beautiful Susan! Those cherries look incredible and so does that dessert. :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

That sounds perfect to me, Susan. Luscious, beautiful, fresh. Even though it's fall here, I'd love having that dessert!
Oh, and how curious: fathers' day here is in August. :)

Lisa Johnson said...

I've never had panna cotta, but it sure looks good. And I love your pretty red colander! It's so cute!

Chibog in Chief said...

you deserve ten million kisses from your dad!! such a healthy and delicious flavor in one dessert!!

Finla said...

Looks so delicious.
Here the fathers day was last sunday, i think belgians got the date wrong, apparently here they celebrated last sunday.

Kara said...

Since I've been seeing panna cotta recipes everywhere, it's high time that I finally ask... where can I find the powdered gelatin? I look everytime I'm in my grocery and must miss it? I'm eager to try this simple but delicious recipe! Thanks, Susan!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Refined and delicious! The perfect treat for Father's Day!



Anonymous said...

Susan, you always leave me hungry & impressed. I love the care you take with each post - the integrity of each recipe, the photography & your wit. Slim Jim?!?! Big kisses. Have a great weekend.

xoxox Amy

Deborah said...

There must be something in the air because it seems like everyone is making panna cotta lately. That's one band wagon I'll happily jump on!

Suganya said...

Panna cotta is easier than it sounds. Just a lot of calories :D. I once made honey (locally grown) panna cotta and I could taste the honey in every bite, amidst the heavy cream and eggs.

Patty O. said...

What timing! I happen to have about one cup of leftover whipping cream from a previous recipe and a bowlful of sweetened strawberries and syrup a friend gave me. Panna cotta is the perfect way to use it all. And I won't be waiting til Father's Day--I am making it tonight. My husband will thank you!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I love your prescription for the swooning manly man!
This really is an easy peasy panna cotta. Your cherries with it look very heavenly!!

Prudy said...

Beautiful dessert. I'm smitten with the cherries in the colander.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful recipe. So easy too.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Still need to try my hand at panna cotta. I have some tropical flavors in mind. Mmmm...

Andrea Meyers (Grow Your Own) said...

I have never made a panna cotta, but now I feel inspired, especially since I have some ricotta and fresh blueberries and cherries on hand. I'll let you know if Michael swoons! :-)

Helene said...

My husband sure swoons everytime I make it :)
I would love to have my dad around for Father's day and his birthday is the day right after. I'll have to send him a virtual dessert. Fantastic flavors with this panna cotta!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Susan, it looks sooo sexy! My M. loves almond flavour... I may make it for his this father's day, thank you for sharing :)
Have a wonderful day, Margot

Lore said...

Cherries!!! Don't they make everything heaven with their flavour? Such a stylish panna cotta Susan!

Unknown said...

looking at cherries on your photos makes me missing Summer already. i wished our cherry trees had given us that many fruits... happy father's day! the panna cotta looks creamy!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

What pretty colours, is looks lovely!

Erin said...

I think panna cotta might be stalking me. Ever since I decided to make it but put it off, it seems to be everywhere. tempting me.

looks delightful. perhaps now I will finally finally give it a go. How can I resist something that is "easy peasy?"

Swati said...

I adore these ..your pics are amazingly good Susan!!

Anonymous said...

Your photo is stunning. Sounds and looks so good I must try it.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

That does sound easy peasy indeed! I still need to try a panna cotta at home. The photos look wonderful--I'm all for cherries!

Stella said...

I love the strong colour of your cherries; your dessert must taste awesome!

Wendy said...


Lori Lynn said...

Cute! Slim Jim and Coors Light! haha

I like your pairing of almond and cherry.

Nic said...

Gorgeous colours - looks delicious!

Ivy said...

I would love to make this panacotta and indeed it sounds very easy. Never made glazed cherries before although I can imagine the taste as we used to make them a spoon sweet and serve them on all sorts of creamy desserts.

Anonymous said...

What a seductive-looking dish! The cherries are just gorgeous... and the pink tinge in the panna cotta is fabulous. Your Dad is very lucky.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Susan, I made it and it was delicious!!! Definitely I will be making it again :)
Thank you for sharing this recipe... Margot

MeloMeals said...

Just beautiful! Cherries are my favorite fruit I think!

Your photography is so awesome! I love how you arrange the food and use the colors..

Heather said...

mmm, so pretty! I love panna cotta! I had one at Restaurant Eve (read: most amazing restaurant and chef ever) a few weeks ago with pistachios that was delicious! I'll have to try this :)

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

i love this susan!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

susan-Won't touch it? How? How is that possible? ;)

mark-Roses, yes!

pille-You're welcome!

forkful-I like "purdy." :)

asha-Oh, yes, I think so.

peter-Oh, thank you.

lyb-Many thanks!

patricia-I didn't know Father's Day was in August in Brazil. Thanks for telling me.

anali-It's so easy. You should try it.

dhanggit-Awwww. :)

happy cook-I didn't realize FD fell on so many different dates in different parts of the world.

kara-It can be found at any general supermarket in the baking aisle next to jello. Good luck!

rosa-Thank you!

Amy-Oh, I really appreciate that.

deborah-Jump on! Quick!

suganya-Oh, honey panna cotta sounds dreamy.

pattyo-Yay! Enjoy!

tanna-It works like a charm.

prudy-Cherries have that effect on people. :)

farida-Glad you like it!

gretchen noelle-It's super easy!

andrea-Please do! :)

helen-See, it does make men swoon!:)

margot-Ooh, sexy! Now, that's a compliment!

lore-Cherries are heavenly.

arfi-You have cherry trees? Oh, you're so lucky!

holler-Thank you!

erin-Go on, give in. ;)

swati-I appreciate that.

sue-Thank you so much. I really hope you do.

mike-Super easy--I swear!

stella-It was delicious. Thank you!

wendy- :)

lori lynn- :)

nic-Thank you!

ivy-The glazed cherries could be used in so many different desserts. They're amazing.

ann-I'm glad you like it!

margot-Yay! Thank you for sharing. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :)

melody-That is so kind of you.

heather-Ohh, who doesn't love pistachios?


Anonymous said...

A lovely father's day dessert. Love the colours and tastes.

glamah16 said...

Almond panna cotta! I have died and gone to heaven.

Jaime said...

mmmm i wish i could reach out w/a spoon and try some of that! i have been wanting to try making panna cotta for some time now...

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