Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry Mint Compote

ย This lighter buttermilk panna cotta is creamy with every mouthful and is as indulgent as it’s heavier counterpart. Topped with a raspberry mint compote, it is perfect for any summer evening.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry Mint Compote

It’s time for another Mystery Dish post! Which definitely means it is the end of another month. I can’t believe we are at the end of May already. I am however not sad about the end of this month unlike the past few which have seemed to fly by fast. April and May were hectic and busy with school and I have been unable to get almost anything done in life. So I am excited that May is over and I have lots of exciting plans for the next month!

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry Mint Compote

Next week, I am heading to Boston for a week-long Neuroscience conference that I have been looking forward to for a while. I’ll be spending time with the best neuroscientists in my field and hearing about the latest and hottest researching in Neuroscience (and hopefully impressing them when I present my work for when I ask them for jobs next year!). Besides all the nerdy stuff, I am also excited for Boston. I’ve never been and can’t wait to explore. Thankfully, my friend Meghan over at Spoonful of Flour will be showing me around the city and some of it’s finest bakeries. I’ll be spending a weekend there with a girlfriend as well. I will report back for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry Mint Compote

OK this month for Mystery Dish, our lovely host Cate of Chez CateyLou gave us an incredible list of ingredients to work with. The ingredients were: raspberries, peanut butter chips, edamame, lemon, yeast, whole wheat pastry flour, bacon, buttermilk, basil, zucchini and the challenge was to use at least two to create a unique recipe.

I have always wanted to try making Panna Cotta so when I saw buttermilk on the list of ingredients, I knew I was going to try a lighter panna cotta instead of a traditional one that is made with milk. If you are not familiar with panna cotta, it is a traditional Italian creamy custard dessert that is made with cream, sugar and milk. It is quick and easy to make and one dessert I think everyone should be able to whip up for any dinner party or gathering (small or big!).

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry Mint Compote

Using buttermilk here lightens up this all-cream recipe and it does not sacrifice the creamy texture and lusciousness. This buttermilk panna cotta is just as indulgent as it’s heavier counterpart. It is silky smooth and just firm enough to melt in your mouth. I made a raspberry mint compote to top the panna cotta and this sweet compote is a perfect balance to the slight tangy buttermilk base.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry Mint Compote
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This lighter buttermilk panna cotta is creamy with every mouthful and is as indulgent as it's heavier counterpart. Topped with a raspberry mint compote, it is perfect for any summer evening.
Recipe type: Dessert
Yield: 8 6-oz ramekins
  • 2½ teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin (1 envelope)
  • 2¾ cups heavy cream, divided
  • ⅔ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups buttermilk
For Compote
  • 1 cup raspberry
  • zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mint, chopped
  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over ยผ cup cold water and let it stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat ยฝ cup cream until very warm. Remove from heat. Add in gelatin and ⅔ cup sugar to warm cream. Whisk until completely dissolved. Gradually, whisk in the remaining heavy cream and then the buttermilk.
  3. Divide mixture among ramekins or small bowls and chill for at least 4 hours or until set.
  4. In the meantime, combine the ingredients for the compote and ½ cup water in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Let simmer until raspberries break down and sauce begins to thicken, stirring occasionally. Let compote cool completely.
  5. Serve panna cotta topped with compote.

This month the Mystery Dish gals brought some amazing recipes from out ingredient box. They are one talented group. Check them out below!

1. Raspberry Lemon Sweet Roll Cake with Buttermilk Glaze – Baking a Moment
2. Twice Baked Zucchini Boat – Chelsea’s Messy Apron
3. Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry Mint Compote – Blahnik Baker
4. Lemon-Raspberry Bundt Cake – I Dig Pinterest
5. Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – The Dessert Chronicles
6. Mini Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting – I Want Crazy
7. Zucchini Noodles with Meat Mushroom Tomato Sauce – Joyfully Healthy Eats
8. Baked Wonton Cups Filled with Edamame Corn Salad – The Well Floured Kitchen
9. Easy 30 Minute Orange Rolls – Yummy Healthy Easy
10. BBQ Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Basil Ranch Dressing – The Pajama Chef
11. Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes – Culinary Couture
12. Zucchini Muffins with Lemon Glaze – The Weary Chef
13. Lemon Bundt Cake – Chez CateyLou

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  1. says

    Is it a Gordon COnference? Well, at any rate, so exciting! I always enjoy going to this type of event, even if there’s always the interaction with huge hyperinflated egos (that make me smile but roll my eyes to the ceiling inside my mind). I bet Neuroscience has a ton of that, as the subject is soooo challenging and complex

    happy for you!

    now, to the recipe – I am drooling here, I am a huge fan of pana cotta and this raspberry concoction on top is simply divine!

    Have a blast in Boston, I hope you can share your experience later, including a bit of the nerdy stuff….

    • says

      It is a Gordon conference. The Cell Polarity Signaling one at Bentley University. I’ve never been to a Gordon conference but have heard so many good things about them. After my experiences at SFN, which was over thousands of people, I was looking for a smaller and intimate conference and this one fit the bill. I’ll report back to you!

  2. says

    Would you believe I’ve never tried panna cotta? It looks so creamy and delicious. And that compote – wow. Juicy raspberries and fresh mint sound incredible together! What an amazing dessert. Pinned!

  3. says

    I’ve never made panna cotta with buttermilk, what an awesome idea! Buttermilk has such a delicious tang that I’m sure goes great with that raspberry mint compote. Beautiful photos! Have an awesome time up in my neck of the woods, Boston has so many cool places to visit ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. says

    I LOVE panna cotta, and the buttermilk sounds like a great idea! This is so stunning with the raspberry compote — looks as beautiful as it does delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. says

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever had panna cotta, but gah yours looks lovely! And fancy. Haha. I really want to try some now! You did a wonderful job with the ingredients!

  6. says

    I love what you did with the ingredients! Panna Cotta – i’m so impressed! this looks delicious, and so pretty! What a great dessert for summer! Hope you have an amazing time in Boston – I can’t wait to hear all about it! Be sure to have an extra sticky bun at Flour for me!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks for a great ingredient list! I loved this month. I’ll add flour to the places to visit.

  7. says

    I am SOO excited for you. Taking small trips here and there are always fun and to hang out with a blogging buddy is even better! Good luck on your presentation. I’m sure you’re going to rock it!!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      I love trips and for some reason this year has been filled with them. Last year I did nothing but then again I was broke from wedding and honeymoon spending lol! Can’t wait for our trip!

  8. says

    I am so in awe of you every time you mention that you’re studying neuroscience, Zainab. What a genius you must be!
    As for this panacotta, I love panacotta but have never seen one made with buttermilk before. It sounds just delicious with the raspberries as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. says

    These look amazing, Z! I’ve never made panna cotta, but I’ve sure enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun in Boston…I’m jealous that you’ll be there for a whole week!!

  10. says

    OK, this panna cotta is absolutely gorgeous and I love the raspberry mint compote! Flavor explosion going on here. . love it! Have a great time in Boston!!! Sounds like you’re going to have so much fun! I love it when “work” related trips can also be turned into fun “exploring the city” type trips as well! Can’t wait to hear about it. . take lots of photos!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Alice! I’m so glad this work trip is in a fun city! Can’t wait. Hope you have a great weekend.

  11. says

    Love me some panna cotta and it’s been ages since I’ve made it. Actually, I’ve got a recipe for it listed in my editorial calendar, but I’m so bad about sticking to it that it’ll be 2016 before it ever goes live. This looks so yummy, Zainab! I love fresh berries and cream.

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Jelli! The fresh berries were a great addition. You need to make it before 2016 hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. says

    I knew you were a student but didn’t know you were a neuroscientist! You are one talented lady, Zainab! I have never had panna cotta, but your photos have made me want to try it ASAP. What a beautiful dish!

  13. says

    Oh sounds like you are going to have a fun time in Boston! Science, friends, it all sounds like a good time! This is such a beautiful dessert, Zainab. True story – I have never had panna cotta. I should really try it one day! Pinned and sharing on FB. Hope you have a good weekend!

  14. says

    Oh NO, did my last comment not go through or am I just being neurotic? Either way, you must know that a) this panna cotta looks GORGEOUS, and b) that week-long conference sounds like a blast! I’m heading to one myself next one that’s the biggest in the field, and I’ll also have the chance to meet some of my scholar crushes ๐Ÿ˜‰ isn’t it a great feeling? (a little nervous about my research, though–are you presenting as well, or just going to listen?) Good luck!

  15. says

    These are gorgeous, Zainab! You totally rocked the mystery dish ingredients with this panna cotta! That raspberry mint compote is totally calling my name! Have lots of fun on your trip to Boston – sounds like so much fun and good luck at the conference:)

  16. says

    Panna cotta is one of my favourite pudding style dessertsss I loveeee how it sets and the creaminess that it has! This is suchhhhhhh a genius recipe!!!!! I’m loving the fact that you made the base of the panna cotta with buttermilk. And that raspberry mint compote !!!! Gosh! It adds such a bright pop of color!!! LOVING IT!!! Oh oh and the photossss!!!! They are just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. says

    Panna Cotta is one of my favorite desserts to order when dining out (I’m a sucker for anything in a ramekin, haha!), but I’ve never made it for myself. Using buttermilk is a great idea, especially to lighten it up a bit! And your raspberry-mint compote looks like the perfect complement to this!

  18. says

    I have never tried panna cotta either, but you make it look so easy! And sooo delicious! Those photos are fantastic, and I love the idea of the raspberry mint compote on top. I hope you have a great time at your conference and thanks for leaving us with this before you go!

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