We just hosted our first holiday party of the season last night at our house and here is one of the desserts I wanted to share with you first (they’ll be more to come!) . I love these panna cottas topped with a mixed berry compote because they are gluten-free, present beautifully, taste delicious, and are super easy to make! They’re a real life saver when you’re hosting a party and already have a lot on your plate.
I still remember the first time I had this dessert at a party and one of our friends thought it was the most delicious thing ever. He literally ate over 10 of these and exclaimed, “these are so good!”, each time he reached for another one. Since it was my first time meeting him that day, I have forever remembered him as “the guy at the party who ate all the panna cottas”.
For the berry compote, you can use both fresh or frozen berries and yes, you do need to use the lemon. Some berries are already naturally tart but they can also be a little bit flat compared to that mouth-watering high acidity that lemon can bring to any dish.
Panna Cotta is a dessert that is simply “boiled cream”. It’s a creamy base that pairs wonderfully with the tarty berry compote. These contrasting flavours are amazingly addictive! It was like deja-vu all over again when my guests told me that “they are so good!”, while grabbing another one and asking that I pack some home for them.
I hope you enjoy making this easy dessert and I’m positive you’ll get the same enthusiastic response to it as well. Remember to show me how you display these pretty babies and your holiday baking. I’ll be over on IG and FB.