Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta & Strawberry Coulis

>>>Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta & Strawberry Coulis
The essence of Summer, an Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis with a just a little honey is a dream come true on a summers day!

What could be more summery than a yogurt panna cotta enriched with the glorious floral flavours of elderflower and strawberry, in my head probably not a lot, the two flavours of summer for me are Elderflower and Strawberry and they work so very well together…  But why yogurt?  Well purely and simply because double or heavy cream seems to be unavailable in our tiny corner of Hungary so I have to get creative.  I have to say this recipe worried me more than any other I have cooked for ‘Krumpli’ purely because I don’t really have a sweet tooth, as you can probably guess from the distinct lack of sweet dishes I post.  However I already have my Elderflower Cordial and our strawberry plot in the garden is producing the most beautiful strawberries so it would be remiss of me not to ‘chance my arm’ at a dessert and I better do it now before we become swamped by strawberries and I am sick of the sight of them!  However it worked out wonderfully and I am only sad that I do not have any panna cotta pots as I think these would have turned out perfectly, the texture was all you would expect of a classic panna cotta but the yogurt adds a little lightness and ‘magic’ into the mix.

On a slightly different note I am a little ‘irked’ by the way I have spelt my recipe title and I wince a bit every time I type ‘yogurt panna cotta’, in fact I have gone back several times to try and find instances where a ‘h’ has appeared in Yoghurt…  However I do want people to read and find my recipes and with such a significant number of readers from the other side of the pond I figured I would go with the US spelling…  However please do not beat up on me if the occasional ‘yoghurt’ appears somewhere.

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I figured that I would try and make this recipe as ‘local’ as I given that the Elderflowers and Strawberries are from my garden so the milk for the yogurt came from a lady in oure village who has cows and honey comes from a bee keeper in the next village, just 6km away…  So I think it is safe to call this dish a ‘homegrown’ one…  I love being able to do stuff like this, I was bought up in a big city in the UK and at a time when the notion of locally sourced produce was completely unheard of, I do feel very blessed to be able to get the most wonderful ingredients all on my doorstep, even if it means I miss a lot of things that I used to take for granted back in the UK. So I hope you enjoy my Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis and please let me know if you give it a try and let me know how it worked for you and remember I don’t usually do sweet stuff so be nice to me 😉

I had planned on serving this outside but as you maybe able to tell from the pictures, Mother Nature offered some rather less than optimal conditions for outdoor dining today…  On the plus side it means that we do not need to water our plots for a few days, however I had begun to get used to summer, shorts and flip flops and now I am languishing in jeans and a jumper!

The essence of Summer, an Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis with a just a little honey is a dream come true on a summers day!

Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta & Strawberry Coulis

The essence of Summer, an Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis with a just a little honey is a dream come true on a summers day!

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Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones


For the Panna Cotta

  • 150 ml Natural Yogurt.
  • 150 ml Full Fat Milk.
  • 4 tbsp Elderflower Cordial: I used my home made cordial.
  • 1 tbsp Honey.
  • 1.5 tsp Powdered Gelatin.
  • 3 tbsp Full Fat Milk.

For the Strawberry Coulis

  • 175 g Hulled Strawberries.
  • 65 g Caster Sugar.
  • 65 ml Water.
  • 1 tbsp Strawberry Liqueur.


For the Panna Cotta

  1. Add the Yogurt, Honey and 150ml of milk to a pan and bring to a luke warm temperature over a low heat.
  2. Mix the Gelatin with the 3 tbsp of milk and form a paste, then add to the milk & yogurt mix, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Simmer over a medium heat for 5 minutes taking care not to boil and set aside to cool to just above room temperature, I like to decant into a pouring jug to make presentation easier later.
  4. Once cooled transfer into glasses (or panna cotta moulds if you prefer), I like to tilt my glasses whilst the panna cotta is setting so I get a nice pool of the coulis in the corner, but this is entirely optional.
  5. Set aside in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set.

For the Strawberry Coulis

  1. Add the water and sugar to a pan and bring to a boil to disolve the sugar taking care not to colour the syrup
  2. Add the Strawberries annd simmer over a low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Blitz in a blender or with and immersion blender and pass through a fine sieve, add the liqueur and chill.
  4. Serve as you wish, you can see my preference in the pictures.

Recipe Notes

The essence of Summer, an Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis with a just a little honey is a dream come true on a summers day!
The essence of Summer, an Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis with a just a little honey is a dream come true on a summers day!


  1. Jennifer Stewart July 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks for linking up to #SaucySaturdays! I have just recently found elderflower liqueur and started using it in my cocktails. I am going to have to try and make some home made like you!

    • Brian Jones July 21, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer… Glad to be taking part in #saucysaturdays, there are loads of great recipes there 🙂 I’d not thought of making elderflower liqueur, odd as I do so much else with elderflowers and make quite a few liqueurs… ONe I’ll put on my list, you should definitely try the fizz though it is a wonderful summers afternoon sup.

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  6. Renee January 31, 2016 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    This dessert is not only beautiful, but it looks delicious and so light and summery!

  7. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories February 1, 2016 at 2:27 am - Reply

    This is gorgeous and I love the tilted glasses! So fancy!

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Karen, looks all fancy but really simple and easy.

  8. Linda Omura February 1, 2016 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Very nice picture and I’ve never had Elderflower anything so I would love to make this!

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda, you should definitely try and hunt some down.

  9. Rose February 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Sounds and looks amazing, can’t wait until strawberry season arrives and I am going to give Panna Cotta a try, my husband would love this.

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rose, I hope he enjoys it as much as we do.

  10. Whitney February 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    This dish makes me CRAVE summer! It looks so refreshing and delicious. I need to get my hands on some strawberry liqueur — sounds right up my alley! 🙂

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Any fruit liqueur is right up my street, I too am longing for days of fresh produce again, I am soooo done with winter!

  11. Tina Marie February 1, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious and looks beautiful! Being honest, I did look up caster sugar, I don’t see that used very much in ingredients here. I’ll I have to do is grind my granulated sugar to make it a little finer. 🙂 Now I’m off to look for the Elder Flower Cordial (if I’m lucky enough to find it here), but if not I’ll Grand Marnier.

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Oooo Grand Marnier will me a wonderful flavour and will head off in an orange direction, sounds awesome. You can use regular granulated sugar to be honest and it will not really make much difference.

  12. Diane February 3, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Another new thing for me to try. It’s so fun to learn about different places and recipes The elderflower is distinct from the Elderberry we have? I don’t know anything about it. But It is a show stopper in your lovely dessert. I’m quite impressed with the result of tipping the cup. Such a nice presentation that way! Local milk is not new to me. But I don’t get to find it often. Recently my kids went to work at a local dairy so things are looking up! I enjoy making my own Greek yogurt (sorry, you know where I’m from:) This recipe is going into my pinterest collection for a rainy day adventure in the kitchen!

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Diane, elderflower and elderberry come from the same tree and the flowers appear around about May, June time here and only hang around for two weeks before the flowers drop off and begin to form the berries, so keep your eyes open 🙂

  13. pam February 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh!! This sounds amazing! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!!

    • Brian Jones February 8, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pam… I’ll be sure to pop by and say hello 🙂

  14. Katie Crenshaw February 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Oh wow!! I would so love one of these Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta & Strawberry Coulis now!!! They look so beautiful, light, and sweet!! How lovely!

  15. Megan Marlowe February 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    These are just gorgeous! I have never had Elderflower, nor seen it before. I love that you made your own. I’m not even sure where I would, or could find, the flowers around here, but I’m definitely going to the store to purchase some and make these lovely panna cottas!

    • Brian Jones February 8, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Megan, I’m surprised how uncommon elderflower appears to be in the US, such a shame as the flavour is so unique.

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