Buttermilk Panna Cotta Recipe with Blueberry Sauce

How to make homemade panna cotta with buttermilk, honey and vanilla. Jump to the Buttermilk Panna Cotta Recipe with Blueberry Sauce or read on to see our tips for making them.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta Recipe with Blueberry Sauce

Panna cotta is perfect for making ahead of time — we usually make these one or two days in advance.

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How to Make Panna Cotta

I love the combination of creamy panna cotta and blueberries. We make a quick and easy blueberry sauce, but a simple substitute is your favorite jam.

How to Make Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce

When it comes to the panna cotta, we use a whole vanilla bean. They are a bit expensive, but you can usually just buy one in the store. It is worth it, but if you don’t want to spend the money, substitute 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract – we won’t tell.

Homemade Blueberry Sauce

To make sure we get every bit of flavor out of the vanilla bean, we “steep” it in heavy cream and honey for about 30 minutes. This is the same idea as steeping a tea bag in hot water — all the vanilla’s sweetness and flavor will perfume the cream.

Next comes the buttermilk.  I love buttermilk in panna cotta, it adds a tanginess that balances the sweetness of honey and vanilla bean. Now all that’s left to do is assemble. Divide the cream and blueberry sauce between cups or glasses and refrigerate for about 4 hours.

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So delicious!

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Buttermilk Panna Cotta Recipe with Blueberry Sauce

  • PREP
  • COOK

I love the combination of creamy panna cotta and blueberries. We make a quick and easy blueberry sauce, but a simple substitute is your favorite jam. The panna cotta will need about 4 hours to set.

Makes 4 to 5 servings

You Will Need

Blueberry Sauce

3 cups fresh blueberries or thawed and drained frozen blueberries

1 cup water

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Panna Cotta

1/4 cup water

1 (1/4-ounce) envelope unflavored powdered gelatin

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup honey

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup whole fat buttermilk


  • Make Blueberry Sauce
  • 1Add blueberries, water, and sugar to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then add the lemon juice and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until the sauce begins to thicken, about 10 minutes. Occasionally stir and use the back of a wooden spoon to crush a few of the blueberries into the sauce. Cool to room temperature.

  • Prepare Panna Cotta
  • 1Add cream, honey, vanilla bean and seeds to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer then remove from the heat, cover and allow the cream to steep for 30 minutes.

    2After 30 minutes, add 1/4 cup of water to a small bowl and sprinkle with powdered gelatin.

    3Reheat the cream, remove the vanilla pod, and then add reserved gelatin. Remove from heat and whisk well until gelatin has dissolved. Add buttermilk and whisk until blended.

  • To Finish
  • 1To assemble, spoon a small amount of blueberry sauce into the bottom of each serving glass/bowl then carefully pour the panna cotta mixture over the blueberry sauce (the sauce may mix into the panna cotta slightly, this is normal).

    2Leave at room temperature for 20 minutes, and then store, covered in the refrigerator until set, about 4 hours.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Panna cotta is perfect for making ahead of time — we usually make these one or two days in advance.

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19 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jody August 26, 2018, 4:11 pm

    Hopefully, someone else doesn’t make the same mistake as me — DO NOT HEAT THE CREAM AND BUTTERMILK TOGETHER. Follow the directions exactly — whisk in the buttermilk at the end after the cream mixture has cooled a bit. Otherwise, the liquid will get a curdled instead of smooth appearance. Still tastes fine, but the layers separated out with refrigeration.

  • Melina September 18, 2013, 10:13 am

    No buttermilk where I live… wondering what you’d suggest as a substitute, if anything? Yogurt? Or Milk with vinegar?

    • Melina September 18, 2013, 2:14 pm

      Nevermind, I made my own buttermilk 🙂 I’ll report back tomorrow when we eat it!

      • Melina September 20, 2013, 11:07 am

        This panna cotta was delicious! The blueberry sauce was great! Personally, I’d like more vanilla flavor in mine next time (I used the extract). Also, after my first cup turned blue, I found it helped to place the blueberry sauce in the individual cups and place them in the fridge for a while before adding the panna cotta- that way the colors didn’t mix. Such a great recipe, thanks!

  • Ankita July 26, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I religiously follow your recepies post … could you plz post recipe for BAKLAVA or can you e-mail it to me .

  • Gina July 2, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I am so making it haha, looks great!! Can you substitute the buttermilk if needed?

    • Adam July 6, 2013, 5:57 pm

      Yes, buttermilk will work nicely.

  • Colleen June 16, 2013, 8:21 pm

    Just pinned this recipe to my Pintrest page. Looks amazing. Thanks for the awesome email newsletters – I just love your stuff.

    • Joanne June 17, 2013, 9:22 am


  • Nancy Long March 27, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Yum, love panna cotta and blueberries – use a fair amount of buttermilk and here is a recipe I make all the time that everyone loves.

  • JavelinWarrior October 14, 2011, 8:35 am

    This post is so fetish-worthy, I’ve been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

  • Juls October 11, 2011, 3:21 pm

    These look so striking and your photos of them are beautiful. The colour is really impressive and I imagine in a pannacotta the taste is amazing!

  • JavelinWarrior October 11, 2011, 11:30 am

    I love buttermilk – and vanilla seeds in pretty much anything just makes it better 🙂 These are gorgeous and I love the glasses you used for the photos. I typically wind up dumping leftover buttermilk into scrambled eggs – a little adds a lovely tang.

    • Joanne October 11, 2011, 11:34 am

      Thanks! Love the idea of buttermilk and scrambled eggs — trying that one soon!

  • Eliana October 11, 2011, 11:10 am

    This panna cotta looks amazing! And I love the way you served it. Super cute.

  • Jessica October 11, 2011, 12:18 am

    Holy moly! This sounds amazing!

    • Joanne October 11, 2011, 11:00 am

      Thanks, Jessica — it’s all about that buttermilk! We were shocked with how much the tang when with the honey / vanilla sweetness!


  • Ryan October 10, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Panna cotta is one of my favorite desserts, I always look for on desert menus but rarely find…

    • Joanne October 10, 2011, 2:16 pm

      Ours, too! Not too heavy after a larger meal.


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