Lemon Panna Cotta is a classic, creamy Italian custard dessert, topped with a luscious raspberry-orange sauce! It’s delicious, and surprisingly easy to make!Lemon Panna Cotta is a classic, creamy Italian custard dessert, topped with a luscious raspberry-orange sauce! It's delicious, and surprisingly easy to make!

I made this recipe for lemon panna cotta with raspberry-orange sauce for the first time a few years ago for a themed dinner party we enjoyed with some great friends. The theme of this particular dinner was foods from the Mediterranean.

A “Mediterranean” Themed Dinner Party!

Each course had to feature foods from various countries in that region. I’m usually the designated dessert girl, so off I went to research desserts  that are representative of that part of the world.
I found several recipes that sounded wonderful, and ended up making a few desserts (including this lemon panna cotta) for our themed dinner.This classic Italian dessert was a big hit and was incredibly delicious! Here is a picture of our menu for the evening!
Lemon Panna Cotta, with a menu for our themed dinner.

What IS Lemon Panna Cotta?

“What exactly IS panna cotta”, you ask? Well here’s your answer: Pan-na Cot-ta: noun. 1) a cold, Italian custard, often served with fruit sauce or caramel syrup. If that description sounds good, then you will LOVE this recipe for Lemon Panna Cotta with Raspberry-Orange Sauce!
I’ve made this lemon panna cotta with raspberry orange sauce a few times since then, and our guests always seem to enjoy it. The lemon flavor from grated lemon zest makes the custard taste fresh and wonderful!
The ivory colored, creamy custard dessert pairs wonderfully with the bright flavors of the raspberry-orange sauce! I could eat the raspberry lemon sauce by the spoonfuls…but that’s another story. This yummy decadent dish is a treat for the eyes, taste buds, and tummy!
Lemon Panna Cotta, on Christmas plate, with raspberry orange sauce.
The main title photo (above) is the lemon panna cotta I made it for guests during the Christmas holidays a couple of years ago. I think it was a perfect holiday dessert. It looked pretty with my Christmas dishes!
Unfortunately, I only took a couple photos to “document” the recipe to remember how it looked…way back before creating a food blog was even a thought in my little old head.
Sorry there are no photos of the preparation process, but honestly, it isn’t that hard to pull this lemon panna cotta recipe off. Really. If I can do it, so can you!

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Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins
 
Lemon Panna Cotta is a classic, creamy Italian custard dessert, topped with a luscious raspberry-orange sauce! It's delicious, and surprisingly easy to make!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lemon panna cotta
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 450 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the panna cotta:
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons very finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier, Triple Sec)
For the raspberry-orange sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier, Triple Sec)
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 (6 oz) container fresh raspberries
Instructions
Make Panna Cotta
  1. In a large saucepan (over medium-low heat), bring the whipping cream, 1/2 cup sugar and lemon zest to a simmer (but do not boil).
  2. Soften the gelatin and 2 generous Tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl. Stir and let sit for a couple minutes.  Whisk the softened gelatin and 2 TBSP of the orange liqueur into the cream mixture.

  3. Coat 8 (4 oz.) ramekins lightly with non-stick cooking spray (blot off the excess with paper towel, if necessary). Pour the cream mixture equally into each ramekin. Carefully place the filled ramekins into a shallow pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at LEAST 4 hours (overnight if possible).

Make Raspberry Orange Sauce
  1. While panna cotta is "chilling" in the refrigerator, make the sauce: Partially thaw the frozen raspberries. Once partially thawed, place them in a food processor (fitted with metal blade). Add 6 TBSP of sugar and 2 TBSP orange liqueur. Blend until smooth.

  2. Transfer the raspberry orange sauce to a bowl. *Note: If you would like a seedless sauce (this is what I used), just strain the sauce first through a fine mesh sieve before placing in bowl*. Stir in the fresh raspberries, then let the sauce stand for approximately one hour.

To Serve
  1. When ready to serve the panna cotta, remove ramekins from refrigerator. To remove the custard, run a thin-bladed knife around the edge of each ramekin to loosen it up. Place a dessert plate on top of each ramekin and quickly invert (flip the plate over, while holding both the plate and the ramekin) onto plate to unmold.

  2. Spoon raspberry-orange sauce around (with a little on top) the panna cotta to serve. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1335IU27%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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