My first panna cotta experience was actually with my first job working as an Assistant Pastry Chef at Bailey’s Prime.  I was too embarassed to admit to the Chef that I had no CLUE as to what the heck panna cotta was except that it sounded fancy as hell.

Luckily, it was one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made and actually turned out to be one of my favorites.  I loved the creamy yet firm texture, the lovely dressings on top and the way it looked so smooth and elegant — plus, who wouldn’t be impressed with a dessert called PANNA COTTA!  I say it exactly like that too when I serve it, with gumption, excitement and my best Italian accent.   

I found this recipe from an old issue of Food & Wine Magazine, I loved the simplicity of flavors with the yogurt and honey — did I also mention this was a healthy dessert?  *GASP* You’re welcome :)

Ingredients for Yogurt Panna Cottas with Honey:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • black grapes, for serving

In a small bowl, mix the gelatin with the water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.  In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer with the sugar and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and stir in the softened gelatin until dissolved.

In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the yogurt.  Whisk in the warm milk until smooth.  Pour the panna cotta mixture into six 4-ounce ramekins and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

To serve, drizzle the panna cottas with the honey and garnish with the grapes.  Make Ahead: The yogurt panna cottas can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day before serving. 


  1. Elissa says: 22 Oct ’10 • 09:25:46

    This looks like it would wreck me, but it looks sooooo good.


  2. Roxan says: 22 Oct ’10 • 09:42:07

    Yogurt and honey are one of my favorite combinations! I didn’t panna cotta was so easy to make. Yours looks delicious, especially with the extra touch you added with the honeycomb.


  3. tomatointribeca says: 22 Oct ’10 • 09:56:14

    Cool recipe! Thanks for sharing


  4. BraveTart says: 22 Oct ’10 • 10:39:07

    Wow, the photos are extraordinary! The off kilter mirror like photos side by side are really enchanting. I was searching for “healthy” and panna cotta (how I found you), because I’ve been making vegetable panna cotta lately (golden beet, butternut squash). They may not be healthy, but at least there’s vegetables? Meanwhile, your recipe actually does look healthy, and delicious. Good use of Greek yogurt!


  5. Green Girl says: 22 Oct ’10 • 11:59:24

    If someone would have asked me few months ago what is Panna Cotta I would not had a clue, and even now I’m a little scared of making my own, the same goes with souffle, don’t know why it still scares me.
    Yours looks so yummy and the recipe sounds so good


  6. Sara says: 22 Oct ’10 • 14:25:09

    Yum! Love the Panna Cottas…such an elegant dessert! Yogurt & Honey make an awesome pair! Love your photography!


  7. lululu says: 22 Oct ’10 • 16:16:43

    I loooooooooooooooooooooove panna cotta!
    Love the photos too, such great shots for fall!


  8. amy says: 22 Oct ’10 • 17:40:02

    this is a delicious and healthy food. It looks healthy and children will love this.
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  9. anncoo says: 22 Oct ’10 • 20:12:55

    I love panna cottta! Sounds so easy and healthy and I am going to try it soon :)
    Thanks for sharing Joy.
    Have a great weekend


  10. Stephanie Quilao says: 22 Oct ’10 • 20:14:13

    Wow! I practically want to lick my screen lol! Awesome photos. This would be great for brunch.


  11. Jean says: 22 Oct ’10 • 22:41:50

    Panna Cotta is awesome but again, your photos are awesomer (yeah, I know that’s not a word). :-) Can’t stop looking at them. Somehow I think the sun doesn’t shine as nicely in my home as it does in yours. Or maybe it’s the operator, hmm.

    I’ve been enjoying some old recipes from F&W, too, and I agree they’re great. Have a nice weekend!


  12. penny aka jeroxie says: 23 Oct ’10 • 00:46:06

    this panna cottas is awesome by using yoghurt… I want to try this. Beautiful photos :)


  13. Imwaytoobusy says: 24 Oct ’10 • 10:04:53

    It’s been ages since I’ve had a Panna Cotta! I absolutely love Greek Yogurt so this has to be amazing. Great dish!


  14. Heather says: 24 Oct ’10 • 10:11:51

    What totally gorgeous photos!!


  15. summersher says: 24 Oct ’10 • 13:26:05

    What great presentation! Love how you used weathered wood for your backdrop. Beautiful pictures.


  16. Candace Karu says: 25 Oct ’10 • 06:27:42

    Your photographs are simply beautiful…and this Panna Cotta recipe looks easy, healthy and delicious. I’d love to share it with our Cabot Greek Yogurt lovers!


  17. OliePants says: 25 Oct ’10 • 15:04:03

    Very creative recipe and your photography is fabulous!


  18. jennynoowyn says: 27 Oct ’10 • 02:05:28

    wow! this looks gorgeous! You have a very creative eye :)


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  20. Shelley Lucas says: 4 Nov ’10 • 00:20:43

    Lovely photos of what I’m sure is a lovely tasting dessert. Just found your blog through FoodGawker and I’m working my way through your gorgeously shot posts.


  21. Patricia Scarpin says: 20 May ’11 • 12:05:06

    I love panna cotta but all that cream eventually makes one feel really guilty… I have made yogurt panna cotta (Bill Granger’s recipe) and loved it! Yours looks so amazing, love your photos!


  22. Aislynn says: 21 Aug ’11 • 18:38:20

    This was so delicious! I thought it would be kind of strange like creamy jello but it was so light and refreshing :) and the honey on top kind of gave it that little extra something that made it sssooo good.


  23. Michelle Koen says: 14 Dec ’11 • 03:34:17

    I was searching for ideas for my own panna cotta recipe and found your beautiful site. I’ve had to come back twice just to look at your stunning photos.


    • Joy says: 20 Dec ’11 • 01:59:58

      Thank you Michelle!

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