This caramel panna cotta recipe from Josh Eggleton is simply delicious, with its caramelised sugar it makes a real treat. It's also a wonderfully easy pudding to prepare, so if you haven't made a panna cotta before this is certainly one to try out

Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2
To make the gingerbread, sieve the plain flour, dark brown sugar, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger together in a bowl. In a heavy-based saucepan, melt the butter, treacle and syrup
Allow the warm, melted ingredients to cool, then slowly whisk in the egg and milk. Add the sieved dry ingredients to the saucepan, mix well to combine then pour contents of saucepan into a tin lined with baking parchment
Bake the gingerbread for approximately one hour, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Once baked and cooled, but still a little warm, wrap in cling film and leave to age for two days - this is desirable as it helps to develop the flavours, though is not essential
For the panna cotta, combine the milk, cream, and scraped vanilla seeds in a heavy based pan
Bring to the boil, then slowly simmer until reduced by one third. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for at least four minutes. Squeeze out the soaked gelatine leaves and add to the simmering liquid, stirring to dissolve
Add the caster sugar to a separate heavy based pan with one tablespoon of water. Cook until it reaches a dark caramel colour
Pour the caramel into the reduced cream mix, whisking continuously - take care as the caramel may spit
Once the caramel and cream mixture has combined, pass through a sieve to remove any sugar lumps. Pour into dariole moulds and leave to set in the fridge for 4 hours
To plate, dip the dariole moulds into boiling water for 5 seconds to help loosen the panna cottas. Invert the puddings onto a dessert plate and slowly remove the moulds
Slice the gingerbread and serve on the side
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Panna cotta recipe

  • 150ml of milk
  • 600ml of double cream
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 bronze gelatine leaves
  • 1 vanilla pod

Gingerbread recipe

  • 225g of plain flour
  • 60g of dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp of mixed spice
  • 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 120g of unsalted butter
  • 170g of black treacle
  • 85g of golden syrup
  • 140ml of milk
  • 1 egg


  1. 200ml Dariole moulds
  2. 350ml Ginger bread tin

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This panna cotta recipe by Josh Eggleton from the multi-award winning Pony Trap is a little different with its caramel flavoured and served with gingerbread

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850ml of Golden Syrup is FAR too much. The recipe comes out too liquid and doesn't set even after double the cooking time. Reduce to 150ml and the recipe works much better. Would be good to get someone to check though.
8 December 2012
Thanks for the tweak Rvodden, the error has now been fixed.
13 February 2013

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