If you’re looking for your coffee hit in dessert form, this Coffee Panna Cotta should be at the top of your list. Less than 20 minutes effort, espresso, cream and sugar are all you need for this luxurious no bake coffee dessert.

Ok, hold the press, I’m going to say this is my favourite panna cotta ever! This Coffee Panna Cotta has a rich, creamy coffee flavour and a melt in the mouth texture you come to expect from panna cotta.

Panna Cotta truly is the dessert that has it all. It’s rich and luxurious but made with minimal everyday ingredients. It looks totally indulgent but is actually quite light to eat and not super sweet. It has an unbelievably smooth and silky texture but is so incredibly simple to make. I’ve made this basic recipe so many times now, I’ve lost count. It works every single time and is the simplest method there is. Even my mum was excited by how simple it is to make. I’ve also made countless flavour spin-offs and believe it to be the perfect way to end a meal.

What is panna cotta made of?

The classic panna cotta recipe is nothing more than, cream, milk, sugar, gelatine and a little vanilla, and it’s these simple ingredients that make panna cotta such a versatile dessert.



  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons powdered gelatine
  • ⅔ cup caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup strong coffee

  • ¾ cup strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • Instructions


  • Pour the cold milk into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatine evenly over the top. Let it sit for 5 minutes to soften (it should look a bit wrinkly by the end). Turn the heat on low under the saucepan and stir for a minute or two until the gelatine has dissolved.
  • Add the sugar and stir again until dissolved. This should only take another minute or two. Don't let the milk get too hot or to come to a simmer. It should only be just warm.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat. Pour in the cream and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Set aside ½ cup of the mixture, then add the coffee to the larger portion and stir through. Pour the coffee flavoured mixture evenly between 6 serving glasses.
  • Place the glasses in the fridge and allow to set for 1 hour. Place the extra ½ cup of mixture in the fridge also.
  • After 1 hour, melt the ½ cup of extra mixture in a saucepan over low heat and pour that evenly over the top of each panna cotta. Put them back in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.

  • Place the ¾ cup of coffee and 2 tablespoons sugar in a saucepan and bring to a low simmer over low heat. Let it gently simmer, stirring often for around 10 minutes until it's thick, syrup and reduced to about ¼ cup. Place in the fridge until serving time.
  • Pour a little syrup over the top of each panna cotta and serve.

  • Recipe by Sugar Salt Magic.