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Fresh Mint Panna Cotta With Blackberries

This light, fresh springtime dessert is sophisticated enough to impress any dinner-party guest, but it comes together with a foolproof four-step recipe.
Servings 4


  • ¾ teaspoon powered gelatin
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 8 to 10 fresh mint leaves, cleaned and torn roughly
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • fresh blackberries


  • Bloom gelatin by sprinkling the powder over a few teaspoons of cool water in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. 
  • Heat milk on stove, with fresh mint and salt, until just before boiling. (This is a technique known as scalding.) Remove milk from heat and steep with the mint for 15 minutes.  
  • Strain mint from the milk; discard. Use ¼ cup of the scalded milk to whisk into the gelatin. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining milk with the brown sugar until everything dissolves. Add the gelatin/milk to the mixture and whisk gently to dissolve.  
  • Portion the mixture into four small glasses; refrigerate overnight to set. Serve with fresh blackberries.