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Recipe for Panna Cotta with Fig Caramel

This recipe for panna cotta with figs and sweet cream is ready in an hour! Fig panna cotta is a good last minute dessert that's elegant.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Keyword: fig panna cotta, recipe for panna cotta
Servings: 4


Sweet Cream Panna Cotta

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 envelope unsweetened gelatin
  • 2-3 tablespoons water

Fig Caramel

  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs , sliced in half with stems removed
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the Panna Cotta

  • Bring the cream, milk, and sugar to a simmer over medium heat; do not boil. Add salt. Bloom the gelatin in the water by whisking together with a fork. Allow to stand 2-3 minutes. Whisk the bloomed gelatin into the cream mixture and whisk to dissolve completely. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Divide evenly among four (10- to 12-ounce) glasses. Chill for 3 hours at least or up to 24 hours. 

Make the Fig Caramel

  • Add the sugar, cream, figs, salt, and butter to a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 to 6 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before topping the cold panna cotta. You will have leftover caramel.
  • Stores great in the fridge for up to 1 week. Reheat extra fig caramel in the microwave to pour over ice cream. 


Recipe by Danielle Kartes

Photos by Michael Kartes