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Panna Cotta with Figs and Honey

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Panna cotta with fresh figs and honey is a showstopping make-ahead dessert that’s elegant and surprisingly easy to prepare.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons cold water
  • 5 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar (Sucanat)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 large figs, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Grease four 4-inch ramekins with olive oil and set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, add cold water and sprinkle gelatin on top. Set aside to hydrate for 3-5 minutes.
  3. While the gelatin blooms, in a medium saucepan over moderate heat, warm the milk, cream, and Sucanat. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. This will take about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts until combined. Pour the warm milk mixture into the gelatin mixture. Stir until well-combined.
  5. Divide mixture evenly between the 4 ramekins. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or until fully set.
  6. Serve either in the ramekins or turned out onto a plate, topped with sliced figs and a drizzle of honey.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Custard
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: panna cotta, honey, fig, gelatin, no-bake