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!

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.

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. As a result, I have to get creative.

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. Whilst I am on the subject of strawberries you really must check out my balsamic strawberry crumble!

So it would be remiss of me not to ‘chance my arm’ at a dessert. 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 recipe. The yogurt adds a little lightness and ‘magic’ into the mix.

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 is Panna Cotta?

In Italian panna cotta literally means cooked cream. However, it is a dish where the liquid is warmed enough to melt and combine the sugar element.

This warmed cream is then set to a light jelly consistency with gelatine or some other setting agent. At its heart a panna cotta is nothing more than a set cream with some sugar and quite often some flavourings.

I have used my own elderflower cordial in this panna cotta recipe, but go wild and crazy, coffee, chocolate, rose water. You can go where ever you like!

On a slightly different note I am a little ‘irked’ by the way I have spelt my recipe title. 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. 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.

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!

Cooking Local!

I figured that I would try and make this panna cotta recipe as ‘local’ as I can. The Elderflowers and Strawberries are from my garden, the milk for the yogurt came from a lady in our village. Finally, the 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. 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 that 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.

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. 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

Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta & Strawberry Coulis

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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!


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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 355 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 109mg Carbohydrates: 64g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 56g Protein: 9g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Readers Comments

34 thoughts on “Elderflower Yogurt Panna Cotta & Strawberry Coulis”

  1. Those strawberries ! so different and natural looking than the supermarket ones we get here ! Love t his recipe and I can imagine how fresh and yum it must be ! I look forward to trying elderflower cordial in this .

  2. This looks so my kind of dessert – I used to drink elderflower cordial a lot in the UK but I rarely see it here, sadly. But I love the idea of using it in panna cotta, another favorite, and strawberries always good too.

    • Thanks Caroline, I love the stuff. I make Elderflower Champagne and Cordial every year from our trees, which incidentally have just started to produce buds. Jus a few weeks to go 😀

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  5. 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!

    • 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    • 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 🙂

  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. 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! 🙂

  10. 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.

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  15. 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!

    • 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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