Malibu mermaid panna cotta recipe


It is so smooth and creamy and this particular recipe has been personally approved by my Italian loved ones. It is legit and it is delicious! We are using a fun technique to create these graphic color-blocked angles, which brings me right back to the nineties!

  • Yield: 6 (8-ounce) glasses


  • 6 Tbsp water
  • 4 tsp powdered gelatin
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pink, green, blue, and purple food coloring
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles
How to Make It
  1. Pour the water into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to develop for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the whipping cream and sugar into a pot and set to medium-high heat. Whisk until the sugar has fully dissolved and heat until bubbles begin to form at the edges, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the gelatin. Whisk until the gelatin has fully dissolved.
  3. Pour the liquid through a sieve into a large bowl. The sieve will catch any pieces of undissolved gelatin. Add the milk and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  4. Divide the mixture between 4 bowls. Dye one each pink, green, blue, and purple.
  5. Place the glasses into a baking dish that fits into your fridge. Use a dishtowel to prop up and sit the glasses at an angle. Pour 1⁄6 of one color into each glass, being careful not to splash it all over the glass. I used a spoon to carefully pour it in. Place the entire baking dish in the fridge and chill for 2 to 3 hours, until the panna cotta is firm to the touch and the glass can be rotated the opposite way without the panna cotta sliding or breaking.
  6. Place the glasses at an angle opposite to how they were and pour 1⁄6 of another color into each glass. Return to the fridge and chill for 2 to 3 more hours. Repeat with the other 2 colors, rotating the glass each time. For the final layer, sit the glasses upright, so that the surface of the panna cotta will be flat. While you are waiting for each layer to set, the remaining unused panna cotta can be covered with plastic wrap and kept at room temperature. If it starts to set, give it a little stir and it should be easy to pour.
  7. Once all layers have been poured, chill the panna cotta overnight. When ready to serve, top with some whipped cream and sprinkles. This version of panna cotta stays in the glass, so no need to worry about unmolding it!

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