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Salted Butterscotch Panna Cotta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins

Although this silky-smooth, crazy-delicious Salted Butterscotch Panna Cotta has a fancy name and beautiful presentation, it may go down in history as one of the easiest desserts you'll ever make!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Butterscotch Panna Cotta, panna cotta
Servings: 7 ½ cup servings
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the panna cotta:
  • 1 cup milk I use whole milk
  • teaspoons unflavored gelatin (1 packet of Knox)
  • 1 vanilla bean pod or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
For the topping:
For the panna cotta:
  1. Add cold milk to a medium-size saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and set aside for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.
  2. While the gelatin is softening, removed the seeds from the vanilla bean. (See Café Tips above in the post for directions on how to remove the seeds from a vanilla bean.)
  3. Over medium heat, whisk the milk mixture until smooth and no lumps remain then add the cream, sugar, vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla) and salt.
  4. Heat the mixture over medium heat, 5-8 minutes, to just below the boiling point. Little bubbles will be forming around the edges of the pan. Remove from the heat and pour into 6 small glasses or ramekins. Each serving should be ½ cup.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.
For the topping:
  1. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons butterscotch sauce and a pinch of flaky sea salt. (If the butterscotch sauce has been refrigerated, you may need to warm it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Nutritional information does not include the butterscotch sauce. See that post for the nutritional info.

Nutrition Facts
Salted Butterscotch Panna Cotta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1056IU21%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 84mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.