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Kumquat Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Kumquat Panna Cotta

If we’ve hung out together before, you then know that there is not a dessert I do not like. Crunchy, melty, elaborate, simple, fruity, chocolate,…I like desserts. However, I have noticed as I grow older that I have more of a savory tooth than a sweet one while I still love to bake and make ice creams or confections for friends and gift giving. A simple fruit satisfies my sweet tooth. Oh wait. I did do a number on that chocolate bar in the test kitchen at work today. Never mind…!

Still, give me a good piece of cheese and that is my dessert. I do however have a particular affinity for panna cotta. It’s creamy, soft, can be flavored or plain, topped or layered. There are so many possibilities on a simple panna cotta recipes as there are recipes for chocolate chip cookies. Variations are as endless as your creativity and desire to play.


Kumquat Panna Cotta

I found myself with an abundance of kumquats and not enough days to eat them before they’d go bad. I like to snack on them raw as I edit pictures or catch up on emails after work but I had simply too many on my hands at this point! With my husband out of town, I didn’t really feel like baking or doing something complicated with them. A panna cotta seemed like a simple and super satisfying dessert. 

Infusing the cream and buttermilk for the panna cotta with pureed kumquats gave a whisper of citrus to the cream while fresh slices of the fruit on top providing that little pucker I was looking for. Perfectly light and creamy. And decadent…


Kumquat Panna Cotta

Kumquat Buttermilk Panna Cotta:

Serves 6


1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin (2 sheets gelatin)

1 cup kumquats, halved
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup honey
1 cup full fat buttermilk

1 cup kumquats, sliced.

Place the water in small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let sit while you prepare the cream.

Puree the kumquats in a food processor. 
In a large heavy bottomed saucepan placed over medium heat, bring the heavy cream and honey to a simmer together with the pureed kumquats. When the cream is hot, remove from the heat and let sit for about 30 minutes. Strain the mixture in a fine mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Discard the pureed kumquats. Add the cream back into the pan together with the buttermilk and heat up again over medium heat until it comes back to simmer. Remove from the heat and whisk in the reserved gelatin until it is completely dissolved. 
Divide the mixture among ramekins, glasses or other vessels.  Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving to let the cream set properly. 

When ready to serve, add a few slices of fresh kumquats to the panna cotta.

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Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) April 1, 2015 um 12:49 am

Gorgeous! I love panna cotta and made one with bloof orange recently–I'll have to try kumquats next.

Those white-dipped spoons are beautiful, too!

June Burns April 1, 2015 um 1:34 am

Wow I love your photographs here! The custards look so simple and elegant. 🙂

Tori April 1, 2015 um 10:39 am

These photos are so gorgeous and inspiring and the panna cotta looks divine!

Pat Bagg April 1, 2015 um 12:47 pm

Why do you let the panna cotta sit at room temp for 20 minutes before refrigerating? Pat Bagg

Lauren April 1, 2015 um 2:55 pm

I just made my first panna cotta the other week and I'm hooked! This is beautiful as always, those spoons caught my eye, I scrolled back to swoon.

Helene April 1, 2015 um 11:27 pm

Pat: kind of food safety 101. Putting something piping hot into a cold fridge would bring down the temperature of the fridge inside, and of all the other ingredients in your fridge, they would have then to come back to proper temperature over a longer period of time, thus crating the risk for bacteria to set in.

kelly April 1, 2015 um 11:51 pm

beautiful photos and this panna cotta sounds delicious. Thanks!

Rocky Mountain Woman April 2, 2015 um 6:10 pm

That looks so lovely. I need to make some Panna Cotta right away!

KateSonders April 3, 2015 um 1:06 am

Where did you get those amazing spoons? Also, stunning photos. I love the stark white and pop of orange. Great spring feeling.

Kaitlin April 5, 2015 um 5:02 pm

Hi Helene,

Sounds delicious! Pictures are lovely as usual. Such an inspiration to me!

Mikolaj April 6, 2015 um 10:00 am

Looks amazing!

Sue Sheriff July 16, 2015 um 6:31 pm

This recipe is fantastic. Look like the lunch time is coming and you make me feel so hungry. I definitely will make it for dinner. thank for your recipe very much.

Abigail April 27, 2016 um 4:17 am

It looks so delicious and your pictures are really beautiful. I love your recipe. Thanks for sharing

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