Easy Panna Cotta with Homemade Blackberry Sauce!

I love Blackberries! When I came across this easy-peasy blackberry sauce and an even easier Panna Cotta recipe, I knew it would be a match made in Blackberry Heaven!

And you know what? It was!

I can hardly wait to share this with you, so let’s just get to it!

For the Blackberry Sauce, you will need:

3 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBLS pure vanilla extract
1 lemon – zested and juiced (alternately you could use an orange, but I prefer the tart lemon to balance the sweet of the berries)

Dump everything in a pot together, bring to a boil over medium heat and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Didn’t I tell you this was EASY?!? Are you running out to buy berries now? You should be!

Pour the sauce into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve. Use a spatula to press the liquid out, leaving the seeds and any berry pulp behind. You should get about 2 1/2 cups of sauce out of this! If you still have some seeds and pulp in the sauce, simply strain it again through a cheesecloth. (If you do this, it will get stained so don’t use a cloth you want to keep!) Pour the finished sauce into a jar and let it chill out in the fridge.

Simple. Versatile. Fresh! You can use this sauce on so many things! Garnish a piece of pound cake with it. Use it over ice-cream. Substitute it for a thin pancake syrup. Or, you can use it for the Panna Cotta!

Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta

2 tsp gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup 1/2 and 1/2
1/4 cup honey
1 cup plain yogurt

Pour the water into a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the water. Let sit for 10 minutes.

While the gelatin is blooming, in a small saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the honey in the 1/2 and 1/2, stirring just until hot. Do not boil! Add the gelatin and continue to stir over very low heat until well combined. Take the pan off the heat, add the yogurt and whisk until smooth. Pour the mix into small custard cups and refrigerate for at least three to four hours. I used 1/2 cup custard cups and was able to make six Panna cotta with this recipe.

To serve, pour a small amount of blackberry sauce on the bottom of a plate. Gently unmold the Panna Cotta from the cups and place on top of the sauce. Top with whole berries and a bit of mint for some color!

This was so simple to put together and made a lovely summer dessert!

Enjoy foodie friends!

xoxox ~ Sara

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