Recipe | Vanilla Bean & Lavender Panna Cotta

Earlier this summer, I had the honor of creating and self pubishing a mini-cookbook with my friend Lindsay Strannigan. She is the creator of a lovely food blog based out of Portland, Oregon called Rosemarried. With Lindsay creating and penning the recipes and me shooting the photos and designing the book, it proved to be a very fun collaboration. I wanted to share my favorite recipe from the book with you. All credit to Lindsay for crafting the recipe for the delicious dessert below.



1 Cup Heavy Cream  | 1 Cup Milk  | 1 Vanilla Bean  | 2 tbsp Honey  | 2 tbsp Sugar
1.5 tsp culinary lavender  | 2 tbsp water  | 2 tsp unflavored gelatin


  1. Prepare four small dishes (cups, mugs or ramekins) by greasing them with a small amount of canola or vegetable oil. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the 2 tablespoons of water. Allow the gelatin to ‘blossom’. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, cream, sugar, and honey over medium-low heat. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise with a sharp knife and scrape out all of the vanilla seeds. Stir the vanilla into the milk. Add in the scraped vanilla pod and the lavender. Heat for 10 minutes, or until the milk is warmed all the way through and the honey is dissolved and combined with the cream
  4. Strain out the vanilla pods and lavender using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. When the milk mixture is still warm, stir in the gelatin mixture until combined.
  5. Pour the contents of the mixture evenly into the four containers. Refrigerate for 6 hours (or overnight), until set.
  6. Thirty minutes prior to serving, slice the peaches and toss with sugar, lemon juice, and thyme. Allow the peaches to macerate for 30 minutes or more.
  7. When ready to serve, remove the panna cotta from the fridge and arrange several peach slices atop each. Garnish with dried lavender, if desired.


I hope you enjoy this recipe with the last bit of summer we have! It's fresh and very good... perfect for a end of summer get together as well. If you'd like to see more recipes from our cookbook A Midsummer's Feast you can purchase it in e-book format for the ipad or print right HERE.

xo, Jenni