Coffee Panna Cotta

Panna cotta (“cooked cream” in Italian) is a silky-smooth dessert that works beautifully with the flavor of coffee. The sauce was inspired by café brûlot, the New Orleans classic coffee drink spiked with flamed brandy. Cooking for teetotalers? Use brandy extract in the panna ­cottas and omit brandy (and flambéing) from the sauce. Garnish with chocolate-covered espresso beans, if desired. Recipe by Joyce Hendley for EatingWell.

To prepare panna cotta: Place 1/4 cup hot coffee in a small heatproof glass bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the coffee; stir to mix. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 3/4...


  • Panna Cotta
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee, divided
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, well chilled
  • Coffee-Brandy Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons brandy

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