Almond Panna Cotta with Orange Raspberry Sauce

by lisa on December 10, 2012 · 10 comments

I love going to a nice restaurant and ordering one of the fancy schmancy desserts.  Isn’t it fun to look at the dessert trays brought out after dinner? The hardest part is choosing which one to have.

My son was about seven when we took both of our children to a fine dining restaurant for the first time. Dinner was over and the best part was yet to come. The crumbs were cleaned from the white tablecloth and out came the waiter with the beautiful tray of desserts.  My kids eyes were opened wide as they were looking at the array of pastries, cakes and custards.  My son decided on the rich chocolate cake. He got right out of his seat, took his choice and politely plopped it down in front of him while saying thank you.  At seven, he didn’t know that the tray of desserts were preserved  and they would bring him out a new one. After we chuckled with the waiter and explained it to him, he gladly opted for the fresh dessert.

While I don’t have a habit of making fancy desserts, today’s recipe is easy but can be served at your next dinner party.  I also have a favor to ask of my readers. I was asked to be in the Solo Sweetest 16 Recipe Contest and I am humbly asking you to consider voting for my recipe. Today begins the first round of voting and it is an easy one- click vote.  You can CLICK HERE to also check out all the other wonderful recipes.

I made these desserts both in fancy little glasses and more casual mason jars. Depending on your dinner, you can do either. Martini glasses also make a great presentation. They work  in smaller portions too. Shot glass desserts are a fun choice if you are having a larger party.  I know these rich creamy desserts will be showing up at my holiday table.

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Almond Panna Cotta with Orange Raspberry Sauce
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
These are the perfect desserts to serve at your next dinner party
  • 1 can (8 ounces) Solo Almond Paste
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup sugar plus 2 Tablespoons, divided use
  • 2½ cups half and half
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (12 ounces) Solo Raspberry Cake Filling
  • ½ cup orange juice
  1. In a blender, mix together the almond paste and milk until creamy and smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together gelatin and ½ cup sugar. In a medium size saucepan, heat half and half on medium heat. Add gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin and sugar is dissolved. Add almond paste mixture and salt. Stir until well blended and remove from heat.
  3. To make sauce, heat the raspberry filling in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Add orange juice and remaining 2 TBS sugar. Stir until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. Spoon a little of the raspberry sauce into 6 - (8 ounce) mason jars. Pour the panna cotta evenly into the six jars. Top with remaining sauce. Cover with lids.
  5. Refrigerate for 6 hours, until set or overnight.
  6. To serve panna cotta, garnish with whipped cream, toasted almonds and raspberries


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Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

You are a brave woman bringing the kids to a fine dining restaurant. The Red Robin is about as fancy as we get right now LOL!

I don’t usually make desserts like this at home, but I am pretty sure everyone would like these, so I may have to surprise everyone one of these nights.


Ramona December 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Looks good. I voted for you.


Angela December 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Voted and shared! They look great, Lisa.


Calogero Mira December 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Many oranges in Sicily… And almonds in my fields. Thanks for this panna cotta recipe with raspberry sauce.


Danielle December 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

This looks amazing! And, of COURSE I voted for you 🙂 hope you win!


Karen Harris December 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

What an adorable story. So sweet. Speaking of sweet, your panna cotta looks so good. I love panna cotta and haven’ made it in far too long. You have inspired and of course you have my vote.


ev pachner December 11, 2012 at 12:48 am

The almond dessert looks great – of course I voted for you!!!!


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

So pretty! This would definitely put me in the holiday spirit!


Pam December 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Beautiful & delicious!


Kate December 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Panna Cotta is my favorite fancy dessert.


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