Elderflower Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry

This elderflower yoghurt panna cotta with strawberry coulis recipe really is the very essence of summer in a dessert!

Portrait image of two yoghurt panna cotta served in class bowls with strawberry coulis and strawberry slices

Elderflower Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis.

I may not do desserts often, but when I do they are special and this panna cotta recipe is bursting with summer sun.

Elderflower for me is the often the flavour of early summer. That is primarily because I make a huge amount of both elderflower cordial and elderflower champagne.

But you need not make it yourself, you can get great elderflower cordial in so many places.

And then, of course, we have strawberries, an ingredient that far more people consider the essence of summer.

This recipe uses greek yoghurt rather than cream to satisfy my need for sour over sweet flavours. But rest assured this panna cotta is still wonderfully creamy.

Portrait overhead image of two yoghurt panna cotta served in class bowls with strawberry coulis and strawberry slices

What Sort of Gelatine to Use.

A panna cotta is nothing more than a “set” cream at its heart.

This recipe like most uses gelatine to set my yoghurt and elderflower mix.

The difficulty with using gelatine is how much to use particularly for smaller desserts.

As a result of this, I always opt for powdered gelatine over leaf gelatine.

This recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of powdered gelatine, this should allow you to turn out the panna cotta.

If you are serving in a glass you can get away with 3/4 of a teaspoon.

Panna cotta setting in the fridge at an angle for presentation purposes


I am sure most of you have worked out how to get the panna cotta to sit at an angle in a glass.

If you have not, then here you go… There are absolutely no secrets here.

The little blue things that the glasses are resting on are AA battery boxes to give you a sense of scale.

Setting the panna cotta like this creates the perfect little spot to pour in the strawberry coulis.

You also should have enough room to add some strawberry slices.

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 Yoghurt Panna Cotta Recipe

Elderflower Yoghurt Panna Cotta Recipe

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!


  • 150 ml Greek Yogurt
  • 150 ml Full Fat Milk
  • 50 ml Elderflower Cordial
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Powdered Gelatin
  • 50 ml Full Fat Milk

For the Strawberry Coulis

  • 175 g 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 50ml of milk.
  3. Add the gelatine mix to the warmed yoghurt mix and stir to incorporate.
  4. Heat gently to ensure that all of the ingredients are fully incorporated and that the gelatine has dissolved.
  6. Allow the mix to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Pour the panna cotta into a glass or moulds.
  8. Set aside in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set, you can leave overnight if you prefer.

For the Strawberry Coulis

  1. Add the water and sugar to a pan and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Do not brown this mix.
  3. Top, tail and roughly chop the strawberries.
  4. Add the Strawberries and simmer over a low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Blitz in a blender pass through a fine sieve.
  6. Add the liqueur and chill.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 53gProtein: 13g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

34 thoughts on this Recipe:

  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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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