Orange Panna Cotta with Cardamom Syrup

Cardamom's warmth and slightly citrusy flavor is a perfect match to orange panna cotta.
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orange panna cotta with cardamom syrup

Recipe by Joe Piccirillo

Start to Finish: 25 minutes (plus 4 hours for cooling)

Servings: Makes 8 panna cottas


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. crushed cardamom pods
  • 3 large oranges
  • 4 tsp. unflavored gelatin (from two 1/4-oz. packets)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • Shaved white chocolate, for garnish


In pot, bring 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, and cardamom to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low; simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain syrup into bowl; let cool. Zest 1 orange. Juice all 3 oranges; strain enough juice into bowl to measure 1 cup. Whisk in gelatin. In same pot, bring cream and remaining 1/3 cup sugar to boil. Off heat, whisk orange juice into cream; divide among 8 greased 4-oz. ramekins. Refrigerate panna cotta until set, about 2 hours. Unmold panna cotta. Drizzle with syrup. Garnish with orange zest and chocolate.