Pumpkin Panna Cotta: A Dessert for the Holidays

pumpkin panna cotta with candlelightHappy Holidays! It’s been a busy past few weeks, and I hope you are enjoying a few days off to visit with family and friends. It’s a time to recharge for the coming year.

I’ve been working on this recipe for a while. The seal of approval finally came when my husband suggested I bring this pumpkin panna cotta to a family gathering. That’s  when I knew I had finally found the right combination of ingredients.

 

Pumpkin Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert adapted for the fall season

Panna Cotta is a traditional Italian dessert. It generally contains cooked cream that is thickened with gelatin and molded. It can be made with a variety of ingredients such as fruit, chocolate or a combination of spices and ingredients to create an array of flavors. In this recipe, I used pumpkin, maple syrup, and cinnamon.

Eat dessert in moderation

While desserts generally do not contain a lot of beneficial nutrients, I believe it is good to eat foods that we enjoy every once in a while so that our diets do not become too restrictive. Eating dessert in moderation can help us avoid overindulging in sweets when we finally allow ourselves to have something sweet to finish the meal.

In this recipe, I have substituted 2% milk and skim milk for cream to lower the fat content of this dessert. Using smaller ramekins also helps to limit portion sizes and assist you toward your healthy eating goals. You can purchase a set of six ramekins here. Click the ingredient links below or check out the SAK Shop to instantly purchase other supplies to make this delicious dish.

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Pumpkin Panna Cotta
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Course Dessert, Holidays
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2-3 hours
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Course Dessert, Holidays
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2-3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
pumpkin panna cotta with candlelight
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Instructions
  1. Place milks and sugar in large sauce pan and heat until boiling for 1 minute.
  2. Add pumpkin and spices and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes.  
  3. Turn off heat and sprinkle gelatin powder over mixture. Stir for 3-4 minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Stir in maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  5. Strain mixture and pour into small ramekins.
  6. Refrigerate until firm (2-3 hours).
  7. Unmold, plate and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a garnish of pecans, if desired. You can also serve these right in the ramekins if dining family style.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information per serving: 98 calories; 2 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 grams transfat; 6 mg cholesterol; 60 mg sodium; 17 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram dietary fiber; 5 grams protein (values are approximate).

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