Lemon Panna Cotta with Fig Butter

This Lemon Panna Cotta with Fig Butter is a perfect “make ahead” dessert! Its creamy citrusy layer melts in your mouth while the fig layer adds some extra flavor and a different texture.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 (100ml/3.4fl oz)
Calories: 394
Author: Julia



  • Sprinkle the gelatin over 1½ tablespoon of cold water and set aside.
  • Pour cream in a sauce pan, add sugar and mix over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a simmer (don’t boil) and take off of the stove. Let it cool down a bit.
  • Juice lemons and strain the juice through a sieve to get rid of seeds and flesh, if any.
  • When the cream has cooled down a bit, add in the gelatin (it should look like a jelly) and stir until it has dissolved.
  • Now pour in ⅔ of freshly squeezed lemon juice while constantly stirring the cream. At this point the cream will thicken but continue stirring until smooth.
  • Pour into 4 small cups and refrigerate 4+ hours (for best results overnight).
  • Meanwhile prepare the fig butter: Wash the figs (place 1 aside for decoration), cut them into quarters and transfer to a frying pan/sauce pan. Throw in butter and simmer until the figs have soften. Taste it. If you are happy with its taste you are done. If it’s too sweet for you add the rest of your lemon juice and stir. Taste it and add more lemon juice or honey (if not sweet enough).
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool down for 5 minutes before pureeing in a food processor until smooth. At this point you will have thicker butter. Transfer it into a small bowl, cover with cling film and keep in the fridge until needed.
  • Once the panna cotta has set, spoon the fig butter over (3-4 teaspoons in each cup/glass/jar) and decorate with a quarter of fresh fig and you are ready to serve!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Panna Cotta with Fig Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1335IU27%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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