Luscious Orange Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a silky custard made without eggs that's often topped with a sauce. Tossing orange sections with turbinado sugar adds a rich flavor you won't get using granulated sugar.

Luscious Orange Panna Cotta
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope unflavored gelatin

  • 1 cup cold milk, divided

  • 3 navel oranges, divided

  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup turbinado sugar

  • 1 cup Buttery Orange Curd

  • Garnishes: sweetened whipped cream, fresh mint sprigs


  1. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl; stir until moistened. Let stand 5 minutes. (Mixture will be lumpy.)

  2. Meanwhile, carefully remove 3 (2- x 1-inch) strips of rind from 1 navel orange using a vegetable peeler. Reserve orange for another use.

  3. Cook heavy cream, granulated sugar, and orange rind strips in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and add gelatin mixture, stirring until mixture is dissolved. Stir in vanilla and remaining 3/4 cup milk. Discard orange rind strips.

  4. Pour mixture into 6 (4-oz.) dessert glasses or wineglasses. Cover and chill 8 hours.

  5. Peel and section remaining 2 navel oranges. Roll orange sections in turbinado sugar. Top panna cotta with Buttery Orange Curd and sugared oranges. Garnish, if desired. Store leftover panna cotta in refrigerator up to 3 days.

  6. Note: We tested with HAIN Pure Foods Natural Turbinado Sugar.

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