Beth’s Panna Cotta with Cranberry Compote| ENTERTAINING WITH BETH

Beth’s Panna Cotta with Cranberry Compote| ENTERTAINING WITH BETH

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Panna Cotta is a rich, decadent dessert that’s is also so easy to do! I love mine paired with something tart and this time of year when cranberries are in season, a cranberry compote does just the trick. It also looks so pretty too.

Normally, Panna Cotta recipes are made with gelatin but you can also make it with Agar Agar a plant based thickener. You can buy it online or in health stores too. I like this brand.

If you would like to see how you work with Agar Agar, I have a Greek Yogurt Breakfast Panna Cotta recipe that shows how to use it, Click here to watch:

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Serves 4

2 cups (480 ml) heavy cream
1 cup (240 ml) milk
¼ cup (50 g) sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped of seeds
1 packet gelatin (2 ½ tsp) or 2 tbsp (30 ml) agar agar

1 ½ cups (340 ml) cranberry juice
¼ cup (60 ml) fresh orange juice
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
1 tsp (5 ml) orange zest
1/3 cup (50 g) fresh cranberries

For Garnish
1 Orange segmented
2 tbsp (30 ml) Pomegranate seeds

In a large sauce pan combine heavy cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean seeds and pod. Heat on medium high until simmering and vanilla seeds have risen to the top.

Add gelatin, whisk to combine and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until gelatin is dissolved.

Set aside to cool.

Pour cream base through a fine mesh sieve, transferring to a heat safe Pyrex pitcher. Then pour into serving glasses. Refrigerate uncovered 4 hours or overnight.

For the compote, add juices, sugar, zest and cranberries in a shallow sautee pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by at least half. Break down cranberries by mashing with a fork. Continue to simmer until sauce is slightly syrupy and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to a heat safe container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

To serve, dollop compote on the center of each panna cotta, and top with orange segments and fresh pomegranate seeds.

NOTE: Both the panna cottas and compote can be made the day ahead, just don’t top with compote until moments before serving.

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  1. Vincenzos Plate

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Looks fantastic Beth. I have never used agar agar in my kitchen. will give it a try

  2. Muriel Shures

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm


  3. Nads F

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    your just so cute beth !

  4. Sheila Caminero

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Beth!! I love your channel. The simplicity and elegance of your recipes and presentation. ❤️❤️

    could you do a kitchen tour, please?


  5. William Qian

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Would you share a roast beef recipe, please?

  6. Nicole Romero

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I want to serve these for Christmas Eve dinner! Gorgeous thanks

  7. Aa

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    this looks so yummy! can I use raspberries instead of cranberries? my family isn't too big on cranberries.

  8. In Gabby's World #

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I love your recipes

  9. aigoochamnaa

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I have exactly one packet of gelatin left from making marshmallows and was wondering what to do with the one packet. Now I know!! Thank you, Beth!

  10. Carine Serlet

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Beth for another great recepie! Can you substitute the orange juice and zest with something else to? I'am allergic to orange :-(


    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks Beth looks delicious !!! Please an easy fruit cake???? Please!

  12. Naomi Haugh

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    This is a nice dessert.

  13. Zane Billings

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Do you typically not bloom the gelatin for this recipe?

  14. Amirah Dukandar

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Mmmm….can't wait to make this! Thanks for the vegetation option!

  15. Vivian Gutierrez

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Can you please make a spinach artichoke dip please !!

  16. jasson ong

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I could try make it but it's really hard finding cranberry here.Could you suggest other type of (suitable) tart fruit?So I could make it. Love the background music! What its name of music really want to hear it. Hope you have a lovely day there Beth!

  17. GoldMarie2705

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Such a simple and elegant dessert! I am always so happy when a new video from you shows up in my feed, because I love everything about them. The editing, the music and of course the delicious ideas. Thank you!

  18. Kelly Hutchinson

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I've never had panna cotta do to the gelatin, but since nowadays being vegan is so trendy there are more available products (like agar agar) that can mimic ingredients in traditional recipes. Sorry that you have to, but thank you for being mindful in suggesting alternative ingredients. On a side note, I love your recipes, but if I were to make everything you made for the holiday videos, I would NEVER get out of the kitchen LOL. I'm still backtracking on your recipes from last year, like your chocolate pecan pie :-)

  19. Elle S

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Hi beth! I love panna cotta! This looks delicious I want to make it (I made cremr brûlée yesterday). I noticed you say "'my panna cotta recipe". Since you're sharing your recipes online, how do you make sure no one "steals" your recipe and call it their own ? I always wonder this about successful chef you tubers. Thanks!

  20. Veronika

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Beth, could you do some dessert recipes that are dairy free? I really love these ideas but sadly can't eat them :(

  21. FitAnge S

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Beth, what a wonderful idea for an elegant and delicious looking dessert, I love it, thank you

  22. Lorenzo Castelli

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Yum! I love panna cotta and the flavor combination of the vanilla with cranberries and orange is fabulous! :)

  23. Kimberlee Thompson

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    can u just use half and half?

  24. ns09256

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    My family is doing a chopped style competition for Christmas and I'm totally going to bust this recipe out! I feel like most people fail when they try panna cotta on cooking competitions but your recipes never let me down (your French macaron recipe was the basis for my first successful batch of macarons)!

  25. Pamela Goh

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Can't wait to make this!

  26. Jorge Rojo (Jrg Rj)

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    linda!!!! Beth, I have a question. I' ve watched almost all your videos, and they are awesome. However, I want to know why is it so important to have alternatives in a recipe?… wouldn't it then be another recipe? Let's say, for this one, you said that if the cooker doesn't want to use animal products, you totally get it (no gelatine) … is this still called panacotta or.. is it another recipe because of that change? BTW, As usual, a go to video… I want to have you in my family for real, so I could always eat this good!!!! Thank you for your videos!!!!

  27. Stacy Lamb

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    so elegant yet easy.

  28. Davor Panchevski

    November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    delicious as always beth , soon with an youtube channal. I will let you know so maybe colab. will happen. hugs!

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