Strawberry season reaches its peak in May, offering the sweetest and most delicious flavour. This panna cotta intensifies their freshness creating a symphony of tastes in which the light sourness of lemon balances perfectly the sweetness of whipped cream.

I noticed, reading American recipe books, that panna cotta includes also the concept of bavarese, whereas the 2 cakes are quite different. While both of them are made basically with gelatin and whipping cream, panna cotta is a “white dessert” served with a chocolate sauce or a fruit compote, while bavarese includes fresh fruits, zabaglione and a wider assortment of ingredients in its own mixture.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in order to follow the American system with cups and pounds, I slightly varied the quantities to adjust it compared to the Italian recipe. Decide which system you prefer, the taste is the same, the result too.

  • 3 cups (500 gr.)sliced strawberries (1 pound)
  • 1 cup (250 gr.) white sugar
  • 1/2 organic lemon (juice) or the jiuce of one lemon if you are following the international system
  • 2 pkgs Knox gelatin or gelatin sheets 25 grams (about 5 sheets)
  • 2 1/3 cups whipping cream
  • (according to your own taste) wild strawberries
Special tools: Electric blender, electric mixer, Bundt cake silicone mold, size: 9" (Dia) x 3" (H), 2 big bowls.
  1. Soften gelatin as directed on package in cold water OR, as in the case of gelatin sheets, place them in a bowl with lots of cold water.

  2. Blend strawberries, sugar and the lemon juice, juice in a blender until very smooth, then pour it in a bowl.

    Purée of strawberry, sugar and lemon jiuce
  3. In the other bowl whip cream until solid.

  4. Heat gelatin over low heat in a small saucepan, stirring until dissolved (in case you are using sheets, squeeze them by hand before you put it in the saucepan).

  5. Remove from heat and add to strawberry mixture, then add cream and whisk it into strawberry purée. Pour into mold. Be delicate but fast in order to prevent roping (making strings of gelatin).

    Adding whipped cream
  6. Pour into the mold and let it cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. 

  7. To unmold, dip mold in a bowl of hot water 2 or 3 seconds, then invert panna cotta onto dessert plate and remove mold. 

  8. You can add wild strawberries in the central hole.


Prep Time
30 mins

Strawberry panna cotta (bavarese) is a delicious dessert, ideal to celebrate Spring!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people


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About the Author

Growing up in Emilia Romagna, a region known for Parmesan, Parma ham, lasagna, and filled pasta, a great deal of my childhood was spent in the kitchen with my grandmother and mother.

Even at a very young age, I could see that for them cooking was a passionate expression of their love for their family. While I’m filled with many warm memories of watching them cook, what I remember most is circling the table and watching the stove, waiting for any opportunity I could to steal a taste.