Orange panna cotta | How to make panna cotta

orange panna cotta

Orange panna cotta is a creamy and two-layer dessert. Making panna cotta is so simple that you can make this beautiful orange panna cotta dessert for your family members. This orange panna cotta is the perfect Christmas dessert. Panna cotta is a popular Italian dessert.  Traditionally, it is served on a plate and it sets like jelly. But here we serve this in a glass or in an orange shell for a more fancy look. This is an easy and gluten-free dessert and also oven friendly.

Here I use agar-agar as a thickener instead of gelatin. Agar-agar is a vegan product that is very healthy and works the same as gelatin. Agar-agar is a perfect vegetarian option, but you can also use gelatin. This orange panna cotta is for two glasses. You can double or triple the ingredients as per your number of glasses.

What is panna cotta ?

Panna cotta is the most popular Italian dessert made with milk, cream, sugar, vanilla beans, and some thicking agent. it is super silky and smooth in texture. you can varieties of panna cotta with your choice of flavor combo. Try my Almond Panna Cotta, it also the perfect one without gelatine. you can make panna cotta either with gelatine or with agar-agar powder. Today’s recipe is orange panna cotta with two layers. for the full recipe scroll down…

How to serve orange panna cotta?

Serving panna cotta in a glass for every person is a good option because you don’t need to worry to release perfect panna cotta from its mold. You can also decorate the glass as you want, it looks more fancy and modern.

Panna cotta

Fill half the glasses with a white layer which is made with milk, rice puree, cream, sugar, orange peels, and some agar-agar powder. Wait until sets. Take a bowl and pour some white mixture and place it in angle with the help of bowl and set like that. Then add orange jelly on top and set it in the fridge. You can also layer these as you like.

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For white layer

  • 200 ml of milk
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon rice puree
  • 1 teaspoon agar agar
  • 30 ml of cream
  • 3 to 4 orange peels

For orange layer

  • 100 ml of orange juice
  • 1 and a half  tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon agar agar powder

How to make white layer?

Take 10 grams of rice and soak it for 2 to 3 hours. Then make a puree of rice with some water. Instead of rice puree, you can also use cornflour. If you want to use cornflour then add cornflour with some water and pour it into the milk mixture and stir continuously. Do not add too much cornflour. First, add only 1 tablespoon.

Soaked rice

Take a saucepan, add milk. Take room temperature or chilled milk.


Add agar agar powder. It helps to thicken up the mixture. Stir continuously.


Add orange peels. Trust me, this orange peels get your milk flavor on another level.

Cook on a medium flame for about 5 to 6 minutes. Then remove the orange peels from the milk.

Add rice puree and mix continuously on medium flame. About 2 minutes.

Rice puree

Stir continuously.

Then add sugar into it and cook for 2 minutes. You can also adjust the sweetness.


Now turn off the heat and leave it for 10 minutes then pour it into serving glass or in an orange shell. Leave it for an hour in the refrigerator.

White layer
White layer

How to make white layer?

Take some orange juice. Use sweet orange because sometimes tangy orange may turn bad in taste while cooking.

Orange juice

Add agar agar powder and mix well.

Agar aga

Stir continuously. Cook on medium flame for 4 minutes.

Then add sugar and mix well. Cook more 3 minutes.


Then turn off the heat and leave it for 15 minutes.

Orange jelly

Now pour the orange puree on white layer and leave to set completely.

Orange layer

Orange panna cotta is ready to serve. You can also keep it in the refrigerator for a week. Make this beautiful delicacy at any celebration and enjoy.

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