Orange Panna Cotta – Easy Christmas desserts

Updated on November 17, 2018

Orange panna cotta is creamy and fresh dessert, one of the Christmas dessert ideas you can make for your family! If you like easy no bake desserts, this creamy and fresh panna cotta recipe is for you. Beautiful dessert in a glass.

Orange panna cotta is creamy and fresh dessert, one of the Christmas dessert ideas you can make for your family. Easy no bake desserts that you will enjoy! Orange and white dessert, served with peppermint leaves and shredded chocolate.

This time of the year we all want to share more Christmas flavors – cinnamon, cloves, oranges… so I decided to make panna cotta with these flavors and fresh orange juice.

What’s more, this orange panna cotta is an easy gluten free dessert and you won’t need to switch the oven on! Also, for both recipes I used agar as a thickener instead of regular gelatin. Moreover, you can make it vegan-friendly by using non-diary milk, such as almond milk or coconut milk will work just perfect with this dessert.

Orange panna cotta is creamy and fresh dessert, one of the Christmas dessert ideas you can make for your family. Easy no bake desserts that you will enjoy! Orange and white dessert, served with peppermint leaves and shredded chocolate.

This orange panna cotta is recipe of desserts for two in 400 ml/ 13.5 fl oz glasses. But you can easily double or triple the ingredients to make it for more guests and family members. This is a beautiful dessert in a glass, isn’t it?

Orange panna cotta is creamy and fresh dessert, one of the Christmas dessert ideas you can make for your family. Easy no bake desserts that you will enjoy! Orange and white dessert, served with peppermint leaves and shredded chocolate.

Serving orange panna cotta

I believe that serving desserts in a glass for every person has positive sides. First, you don’t need to worry how to carefully release the perfect panna cotta from its mold. Secondly, you will have less dirty dishes, as the glass is the mold and serving dish in one! Moreover, you can use differently shaped glasses for this recipe!

Do you like orange deserts as much as we do? Then you definitely need to check our Rustic Orange Cake recipe below:

Orange cake is great birthday cake or beautiful and tasty table decoration. Chocolate sponge with crunchy pavlova, the most delicious orange jam you can imagine, and white cream frosting with a hint of rum. Beautiful rustic cake.

How to make panna cotta

To make this panna cotta, you should find the bowl, put there kitchen towel and place the the glasses so that you can fill them under an angle. You can also use plastic containers from veggies or greens that you buy in store. I used one similar to make this Persimmon panna cotta.

Fill half of the glasses with orange juice mixture, wait until it sets in the fridge. Then remove the glasses from the bowl and fill them with milk and cream mixture, and leave in the fridge. When it sets, decorate with melissa (or lemon balm) and shredded chocolate.

Tip. Cook cream with agar powder and cinnamon stick on a low heat. You can also add vanilla pod or vanilla extract, if you wish to make vanilla panna cotta. To make it more indulgent, you can use only double cream with no milk addition. If you wish to make this dessert with coconut milk, but better use together with coconut cream, otherwise you may double Agar powder, or it will be too runny.
To make fresh orange juice, cut the oranges in half and use citrus juicer. Remove orange seeds and orange zest from the juice. You can also make more pretty and bright color by using blood orange.

By the way, this Christmas panna cotta is also great for Valentine’s day!

This dessert is one of the best holiday recipes. This treat and coffee panna cotta are delicious and easy Christmas desserts to make. We have more delicious Christmas recipes like these chocolate truffles that you can make at home for gifts.

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Orange Panna Cotta – Easy Christmas desserts

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Orange panna cotta is creamy and fresh dessert, one of the Christmas dessert ideas you can make for your family! If you like easy no bake desserts, this creamy and fresh panna cotta recipe is for you.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 583 kcal

Equipment

  • two 400 ml / 13.5 fl oz glasses
  • spoons
  • kitchen towel




Ingredients
 
 

For orange layer
  • 400 ml fresh orange juice
  • 8 g Agar-Agar powder 4 tsp
For white panna cotta
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 200 ml full fat milk
  • 6 g Agar-Agar powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 tbsp sugar
Decoration
  • 4 peppermint leaves or lemon balm
  • 1 tsp shredded chocolate



Instructions
 

  • Juice 4 oranges to get 2 cups juice. Sieve the juice to remove any skins or seeds.
    400 ml fresh orange juice
  • Add Agar to the juice and mix well. Cook in a pan on a low heat for 2-5 minutes. Let it cool a little.
    8 g Agar-Agar powder
  • Put kitchen towel in a bowl and place the glasses so that you can fill them under an angle. Fill half of each glass with orange juice. Leave to set in the fridge.
  • Dissolve Agar in warm milk. Mix it with heavy cream, stir in sugar, add spices. Cook on a low heat 3-5 minutes, then let it cool for about 10-15 minutes Remove the spices.
    200 ml heavy cream, 6 g Agar-Agar powder, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 2 tbsp sugar, 200 ml full fat milk
  • When the orange juice is set, remove the glasses from the bowl and fill with milk and cream mixture. Leave the panna cotta in the fridge for an hour until set or overnight.
  • Decorate with peppermint leaves and chocolate. Serve.
    4 peppermint leaves, 1 tsp shredded chocolate
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Notes

*You should get 2 cups (400 ml / 13.5 fl) juice from 4-5 oranges.
*Dissolve agar only in slightly warm liquids and in smaller quantities, then mix with the rest of liquid. Make sure it is fully dissolved.
*This recipe is for two 400 ml / 13.5 fl oz glasses. So you can easily use 4 smaller 200 ml / 6.8 fl oz glasses and distribute the amount four servings.
* Use good quality agar, not agartine! 1 tsp of agar should set 120-150 ml (4-5 fl oz) of liquid. Acidic liquids like orange juice needs about 0,5 tsp more agar per same amount. There are different brands of agar-agar, so they may work a little different.
*Taste your orange juice. If it is bitter, add about 1 tbsp of sugar or more until you are happy with flavor. My oranges were very sweet. I recommend using Navel oranges for this recipe, because they are loaded with sweet juice. You can also substitute to tangerines or mandarins.
Nutrition Facts
Orange Panna Cotta – Easy Christmas desserts
Amount per Serving
Calories
583
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
42
g
65
%
Saturated Fat
 
25
g
156
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Cholesterol
 
147
mg
49
%
Sodium
 
92
mg
4
%
Potassium
 
714
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
49
g
16
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
35
g
39
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
Vitamin A
 
2122
IU
42
%
Vitamin C
 
101
mg
122
%
Calcium
 
268
mg
27
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Christmas, easy, for two, in glass, no bake, spice, vegetarian

Comments:

  1. I prepared this fabulous recipe with great success using 1 cup heavy cream and 3 cups light cream. I didn’t have vanilla bean so I used 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I think maybe I should have used less, because after adding the orange rind I didn’t get a strong orange flavor. To increase the orange flavor I squeezed in about a teaspoon of orange juice and the flavors tasted correct. However I think by using liquid vanilla and orange I had a bit too much liquid for the gelatin. The panna cotta was just a teeny bit loose when I served it. Next time I’ll just remove a teaspoon or two from the liquid before I add the gelatin so the ratio of liquid to gelatin is the same as the original recipe. But I would make this dessert again and again because it is stunningly delicious. Oh and I served it with a raspberry sauce I found elsewhere. The orange and raspberry flavors pair really well.

  2. 5 stars
    These are beautiful! I love serving individual desserts, and for all the reasons you listed. 🙂 The angles of the colors makes these so unique. The touch of cinnamon is so lovely, too.

    1. Hi Kelley,
      Thank you for the feedback.
      The orange flavor depends on the freshness and type of the orange. Navel orange is considered the world best-tasting orange, but everyone has her/his own taste. We don’t use any flavor enhancers.
      The quality of cinnamon and cloves also impact the flavor. If you want to experiment, you can try add ground cinnamon (add it to the cooled cream), anise and ginger.
      Also we love using as less sugar as possible in our recipes, so our taste buds are not used to very sweet products. Maybe you should add more sugar to your taste.

    1. Hi Christina. As a general rule, you can substitute agar for powdered gelatin in equal amounts, but it will change the texture of panna cotta. I would recommend to test it before serving.

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