Each spoonful of this pretty pink Strawberry Panna Cotta is loaded with fresh strawberry flavor. It is an easy summer dessert to make with just a handful of ingredients.
If you follow my blog, you know that I am a huge fan of panna cotta. I also make a Tea Panna Cotta series where dessert and afternoon tea blend into a wonderful velvety treat. There is so much to love about a panna cotta. This creamy, dreamy, and fancy dessert is pretty effortless to make. This Strawberry Panna Cotta is also not an exception.
This Strawberry Panna Cotta is seriously one of the best panna cotta recipes ever. It is creamy and full of refreshing fresh strawberry flavor. It is made just like other panna cotta recipes with the addition of pureed strawberries. I consider this dessert perfect for summer days. You can always change the fruit from strawberries to other berries that are on season.
Fresh vs Cooked Strawberries
For this recipe, I don’t only blend the fresh strawberries, but also cook them first until they become soft and thick. Why? Fruits are mostly made from water, so cooking them will concentrate their natural sugars, making them sweeter and more appealing. Therefore, cooking strawberries first will make the strawberry flavor comes out stronger and sweeter than just using pureed fresh strawberries.
How to Prepare The Pureed Strawberries
To do this, I combine the chopped strawberries with sugar and leave them out for 10-15 minutes. The sugar will draw out the natural juices from the strawberries. This will help the sauce to reduce and thickens during cooking. Then, cook them until the strawberries are softened and the sauce thickens naturally from the natural pectin in strawberries. Let the mixture cool slightly before blending it.
I like to dump the milk this time into the strawberry mixture so that it can cool faster. Blend them with a food processor or blender. Then, strain the mixture with a fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove the seeds. Now, your pureed strawberries are ready to be mixed with the heavy cream to make the panna cotta.
Can You Use Frozen Strawberries?
Yes, you can. If you are using frozen strawberries, you can directly cook them with the sugar in a saucepan. The cooking time may need to be longer as frozen berries release more water and will take longer to reduce and thicken.
More Panna Cotta Recipes
If you are a fan of panna cotta like me, don’t forget to check out the other flavors I have on my blog.
- Milk Tea Panna Cotta
- Matcha Panna Cotta
- Rose Infused Panna Cotta
- Earl Grey Panna Cotta
- Honey Chamomile Panna Cotta