Earl Grey Panna Cotta

Earl Grey panna cotta turns your favourite beverage into a delicious no-bake dessert. If you are a tea lover and enjoy the tangy flavour of Earl Grey you will love this panna cotta! For a creative presentation serve it in teacups!

Panna cotta is a cream based dessert solidified with gelatin. Its texture is soft but firm, and can have a wiggly quality if unmolded and plated on its own. The main flavour is obviously that of cream, but it doesn’t have to stop there. In this panna cotta we’re infusing the cream with tea leaves. The final product has an irresistible creamy Earl Grey flavour that reminds of London fog tea latte.

Two portions of earl grey panna cotta in tea cups.

To make things more fun, I like to serve this panna cotta in teacups. The tea flavour is quite obvious, but eating it straight from a teacup in a way intensifies the experience. Earl Grey panna cotta is a great dessert option anytime, but if you’re looking for an afternoon treat this might just hit the right spots.

The ingredients

For detailed quantities please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

The ingredients needed for the recipe.

How to make Earl Grey panna cotta

In a small saucepan combine the cream, sugar, and loose leaf tea and set on medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and cook for 7-8 minutes. Keep it on a low simmer, decrease heat if it starts to boil.

Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water and bloom for 5 minutes, until soft. Heat the milk until it almost reaches boiling temperature but remove from the heat before it does. Drain the softened gelatin and squeeze out any excess water. Stir into warm milk and dissolve. Pour the tea-flavoured cream through a fine mesh sieve and discard tea leaves. Combine the cream with the gelatin mixture.

Divide into serving cups or moulds. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours or until firm to the touch. You can decorate it with dried edible flowers, but that’s optional.

Two portions of earl grey panna cotta in tea cups.

Recipe notes

Following the standard quantities in the recipe card, one batch makes 4 portions. Since I served mine in teacups, I divided it into 2 and got basically double portions. Panna cotta is filling, so I would not recommend having so much especially after a meal. Choose small teacups or fill them a bit less, unless you want a big serving.

I prefer loose leaf tea as it gets in direct contact with the cream, making for a stronger infusion. Teabags can be used, but the thickness of the cream may clog the bag, not infusing the tea fully. If you wish to use teabags because you don’t have a strainer, use 2 or even 3 (much depends on types) until you see that the cream gets a vivid tea colour.

Panna cotta keeps in the fridge up to 5 days. So you can easily store leftovers for later, or you can even make it a couple of days ahead and serve it without problems. Remember to always keep it airtight and refrigerated at all times. This dessert does not freeze well – the texture may change upon thawing so I would not recommend that.

Earl Grey panna cotta topped with cornflower petals.

More panna cotta recipes?

I am proud to say I come from Piemonte, the region in Italy that invented panna cotta, so I make it very often. Here’s some more inspiration:

And for more Earl Grey deliciousness:

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Earl Grey Panna Cotta

A panna cotta recipe flavoured like bergamot tea Earl Grey. Perfect to serve in teacups as a fun afternoon dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword earl grey panna cotta, panna cotta flavour, tea panna cotta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 267kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food

Ingredients

  • 250 ml cream
  • 60 ml milk
  • 4 g gelatin sheets
  • 40 g sugar
  • 1 tsp Earl Grey tea loose leaf

Instructions

  • Combine the cream, sugar and loose leaf tea in a small saucepan and set on medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and cook for 7-8 minutes on a low simmer. Decrease heat if necessary.
  • Soak gelatin sheets in cold water and bloom for 5 minutes, until soft. Heat the milk until it almost reaches boiling temperature but remove from the heat before it does. Drain the softened gelatin, squeeze out any excess water, add to warm milk and stir to dissolve.
  • Pour tea-flavoured cream through a fine mesh sieve to discard tea leaves. Combine the cream with the gelatin mixture. Divide into serving cups or moulds. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours or until firm to the touch.

Notes

Please notice that the nutrition information provided is made by an online calculator and meant to be used as a guideline only.
Loose leaf tea is preferred for infusing the cream by direct contact. Cream may clog teabags causing a weaker infusion. If you prefer to use teabags double the quantity to ensure the tea gets strongly flavoured.
Nutrition Facts
Earl Grey Panna Cotta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 943IU19%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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