Honey + Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Certain days each year just feel nostalgic. September is full of them for me. It is the month the Hubster and I started dating, as well as the month we said “I do” four years later.

This year the nostalgia is hitting me hard, but in a good way.

Living in a bustling college town at the beginning of a school year sends me into all sorts of reminiscent thoughts of how we met 13 years ago.

The beginnings of fall, a season that I have to admit is more beautiful in the East, remind me of our September wedding. Our colours mimicked the season and though it was still hot, the long summer days had begun their decline to winter.

That was nine years ago today!
Panna Cotta, one of Scott’s favourites, is an eggless custard that requires no baking and is a cinch to make. The basic recipe is a blank canvas that lends itself to countless flavour combinations and variations. Scott loves honey, I vanilla, and the hazelnuts in this recipe are a nod to the season that is upon us. A perfect, err, marriage (if you will) of flavours that together in this delicate dessert help us celebrate the day!
Cheers, my dear, to another year!

Honey and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta


1 cup whole milk

1 Tbsp unflavoured powdered gelatin

3 cups whipping cream

1/3 cup honey plus more for drizzling

1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise, seeds scraped out

pinch of salt

toasted hazelnuts for garnish, chopped


Place milk and gelatin in a small bowl and let sit about five minutes until gelatin softens. Pour mixture into a saucepan over medium heat and stir until gelatin dissolves, about another five minutes. Do not allow milk to boil. Stir in whipping cream, honey, vanilla bean and seeds, and salt and continue to heat until tiny bubbles start to form around edges. Remove from heat. Pour mixture through a sieve then divide equally into glasses, ramekins or small bowls. Refrigerate until firm. Time will vary based on size of container used. I used small 5 oz glasses and they took about four hours to set. Before serving, garnish with toasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of honey.


  1. Happy Anniversary, Jenn! Have a wonderful day celebrating :). This panna cotta looks like perfection – I love the honey and vanilla bean combination!

  2. Oh, yum! That looks so delightful! Hope you and Scott have a happy day! Hope to talk with you this evening!

  3. Jenn, just tried this… perfection. So much awesomeness. Gotta go running for 2 hours to work it off now but totally worth it! Thank you!!!!

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