This is a super-simple yet delightfully decadent dessert, perfect for your Fourth of July party.


4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup ordinary granulated sugar (don’t use organic, it’s too rough)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 packages of plain gelatin
6 tbs cold water
1-2 cups blackberries for garnish
4 red transparent plastic tumblers

How I made it:

Heat the cream in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium-high heat. As it heats, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a medium sized bowl. Let it sit while you finish with the cream.

Whisk the cream gently as you add the sugar slowly, so that it dissolves into the cream.  Remove the cream from the heat and whisk the vanilla in gently.

Pour the warm cream mixture over the gelatin, and whisk until the gelatin is thoroughly dissolved into the cream. Be sure to avoid frothing the mixture — you want a smooth texture when you’re done.

Divide the panna cotta among the tumblers. Let cool a bit, then cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Garnish with blackberries before serving.

How they turned out:

A sweet red, white, and blue treat!