Lime Panna Cotta

To celebrate this year’s National Dessert Day on October 14, the guardian of French cooking techniques Le Cordon Bleu has shared its Panna Cotta Citron au vert (Lime Panna Cotta) recipe, so you don’t have to puddin’ too much effort with creating your own.

With only 10 ingredients, this refreshing dessert can be made ahead so you have a sweet treat to indulge in.

Serving Size

Serves 6


Vanilla Panna Cotta

300ml Rich cream
300ml Milk
90g Caster sugar
100g White couverture chocolate
8g Leaf gelatine
1 Vanilla bean

Lime Syrup

200g Sugar
200ml Water
2 Limes
1 Cinnamon stick

Plating suggestions

Lime zest
Strawberries, washed and roughly chopped
Raspberry curd
Meringue bulbs, dried
Chantilly cream
Sweet pastry or streusel, crushed
Micro herbs or edible flowers


Vanilla Panna Cotta

Soak the gelatine leaves in a bowl of water for 5-10 minutes, or until soft. Using a sharpe knife, split the vanilla bean in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds.

In a saucepan, boil the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla seeds over a medium heat. Taking the saucepan off the heat, carefully stir in the white chocolate. Then add the soaked gelatine, leaving out any excess water and stir until dissolved and combined.

Strain the mixture into a bowl using a sieve and leave to cool slightly.

Pour into x6 lightly greased dariole moulds or ramekins and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Lime Syrup

Zest and juice the limes. Boil the sugar, water, zest an cinnamon in a saucepan on a medium heat and reduce until a syrup consistency. Add lime juice to taste.


To serve, gently remove each panna cotta from the moulds upside down onto a serving dish or plate. Around the base of each panna cotta, carefully place an arrangement of fresh strawberries, raspberries and meringue bulbs. Use a piping bag to decorate with raspberry curd and a star nozzle to pipe the Chantilly cream. Crumble some sweet pastry or streusel around the dessert and finish with some micro herbs or edible flowers.

Bon Appétit!

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