Try this (easy!) panna cotta recipe

Caramel Panna Cotta. Courtesy of Urbano
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Many of us find it a struggle to put together a main course every night of the week, never mind thinking about (or bothering with the hassle of) dessert. But sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration. For a delicious (and easy) sweet weeknight treat, try this panna cotta with caramel sauce from the chefs at Urbano, the Italian trattoria in Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar.


Serves 5

1000ml heavy whipping cream

100g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

4g gelatin, soaked in cold water for two to three minutes, then drained

Caramel sauce (buy it ready-made from any hypermarket)

Mint leaves, for garnish


In a heavy pot, add the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla essence. Stir constantly over low heat

until it reaches 95C and has a slightly thick consistency. Then add the gelatin and mix well.

Remove from the heat and let cool before dividing the panna cotta equally among five glass

serving dishes. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Before serving, pour a thin layer of caramel sauce on top of the panna cotta. Garnish with mint


Urbano Trattoria is located on the ground level of the Souk Al Bahar in downtown Dubai. Open daily from 10:30am to 11pm. For reservations, call 04 435 5777.