Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd

May 25, 2020mayurisjikoni
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Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd is an easy to make, refreshingly, delicious, light dessert, perfect for the summer. Making the lemon curd with fragrant lemons is such a delight and surprisingly very easy.


sorrento lemons

FoodieMonday/Bloghop Theme

This week’s theme, Lemons was suggested by Waagmi who blogs at Cooking is Funn. Her photography speaks volumes, making every dish appear delectable. She suggested we use Lemon to prepare our dish for this week’s theme. Most of us are still cooking with basic ingredients that are available in our pantries. Keeping lemon in mind I would love to try out Waagmi’s simple and yet tempting Eggless Lemon Cake.


Lemons are bright yellow citrus fruits with an acidic juice. Lemons are an integral part of many dishes, from just a dash of the juice to including whole lemons. Since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed anything with lemon in it. Right from adding lemon to my tea time chevdo to enjoying lemon on my chips (fries) while most kids enjoyed tomato ketchup. I do have a tendency to add a bit more of lemon to the dishes I prepare till hubby will remind me that its too sour for him. While I need to drizzle lemon on muthia and arvi na paan, he doesn’t. I can enjoy a whole bowlful of salad with lemon juice drizzled over it.

Sorrento Lemons

I remember during our trip to Italy, when we reached Sorrento, it was bright yellow lemons everywhere. As we climbed up the steep hill in the bus, it suddenly stopped at a lemon cart selling lemonade… the freshest ever lemonade we enjoyed on a very hot summery day. Lemons grown there are called Sorrento Lemons and besides using them in sauces and desserts, they are used to make the famous Limoncello, a liqueur that is cloudy yellow and usually served after dinner. It seems that lemons are a major part of all living around Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Positano. Everywhere you look, in the clothes, pottery, artwork, lemons feature in a big way.

sorrento art craft

Meyer Lemons

The other famous lemons that most chefs rave about is the Meyer Lemon, that grows in California. These lemons are suppose to be less acidic than regular lemons as its a cross breed between a citron and pomelo. They tend to be slightly sweetish and tangy. Till I get the opportunity to try out these Meyer Lemons, local lemons will do.

I got those Fragrant Lemons

For this theme I didn’t want to use the small very acidic Indian lemons that are grown here in Kenya. For my dish I wanted to use the more aromatic and less tangy lemon as the zest is really flavorful. Waited for my delivery of veggies and fruits till Friday hoping that imported lemons will be among the goodies. And yes, was lucky, I got the lemons. So with 3 aromatic, slightly expensive lemons in hand I decided to make the so flavorful and aromatic Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd.

What is Lemon Curd?

Please do not mistake it to be curd in the curd sense that most of India is use to to…. here curd is not yogurt. Its a preparation from egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar. Its a very English condiment dating back to 1800. Back then it was not what we prepare now. Literally lemon juice was used to curdle cream, the curd or cheese separated from the whey using a cheesecloth. These days the preparation method has changed but not the name…. its actually like a velvety creamy custard. Other fruits like orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, passion fruit, berries are also used to prepare curd. This velvety creamy curd is used mostly for bakes, desserts and also enjoyed with pancakes.


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What is Panna Cotta?

Panna Cotta is a famous Italian dessert that literally means cooked cream. Traditionally just heavy or double cream is heated slightly and a gelling agent mostly gelatin is added to set it.  Panna Cotta is one dessert that is very easy to prepare as is a very versatile dessert as one can serve it with topped with fresh fruits, fruit sauces, coulis, jelly, chocolate, nuts, etc. The options are endless.

Why did I decide to use Lavender?

Well, firstly because Lavender and Lemon pair very well and secondly I had Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta on my ‘do to list’ for a long time. I had bought some Provence Dried Lavender Buds during my last visit to Montreal. So aromatic and flavourful. Provence in France is the place where you’ll find miles and miles of lavender fields and it produces the best lavender for culinary and other products. Just to witness miles of purple flowers, Provence is on my travel wish list.

Whenever I can, I make Lavender Lemon Biscotti and make Lemon Lavender Scones as a special breakfast treat.

Some Lemon Recipes you may want to try out:

Ingredients for Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd:

  • Lemon Juice – for the lemon curd
  • Lemon zest – for both the panna cotta and the lemon curd. You grate the lemon peel using a fine grater, and that is the zest. Be careful not to grate the white part of the rind or skin otherwise dish will become bitter.
  • Double Cream or Thick Fresh Cream – for the panna cotta
  • Milk – just using cream would make the panna cotta too rich so I’ve used also normal dairy milk. The milk is also used to infuse the lavender buds.
  • Water – to bloom the gelatin
  • Gelatin – to set the panna cotta. You can replace the gelatin with a vegetarian gelatin or agar agar.
  • Lavender Buds – culinary pesticide or chemical free dried lavender buds. If you don’t have any then just make a lemon panna cotta. I used it for the panna cotta. The buds are allowed to infuse in hot milk for 15-30 minutes before using.
  • Sugar – normal granulated sugar for both the panna cotta and the curd.
  • Egg Yolks – for the lemon curd, make sure you don’t have any white left when separating the egg yolks from the white.
  • Butter – unsalted or salted for the lemon curd

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • For an egg free and gelatin free version you can replace the gelatin with vegetarian gelatin or agar agar. As for the Lemon Curd vegan version is made using cornflour but I haven’t tried. If you have, please share the recipe with me and I will add the link to the post.

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A refreshing, exquisite, creamy and tangy lavender and lemon zest infused panna cotta with homemade lemon curd- a perfect summer time dessert.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine British, Italian


For the Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta

  • 2 cups double or heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • cup sugar
  • tsp gelatin
  • ¼ cup water
  • tbsp dried lavender buds
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

For the Lemon Curd:

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • cup sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 3 tbsp butter (approx. 40g)


  • Preparation of the Panna Cotta:
  • Heat the milk in a saucepan till it becomes hot.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Add dried lavender buds and mix.
  • Cover the pan and let the lavender infuse into the milk for 20-30 minutes.
  • Add water to a heatproof container. Sprinkle gelatin over it and mix.
  • Let it bloom for 10 minutes.
  • Add 1 tsp lemon zest to the lavender milk along with cream and sugar.
  • Put the pan on medium heat, stir gently.
  • Heat till you see small bubbles at the sides of the pan.
  • Take the pan off the heat.
  • Either melt the gelatin in a microwave oven for a few seconds or over hot water.
  • Heat water in a pan. Put the container with the gelatin in the hot water.
  • Stir the gelatin till it appears clear and syrup like.
  • Pour the gelatin into the cream lavender mixture. Mix it well.
  • Using a sieve or strainer strain the lavender cream.
  • Add the remaining lemon zest for panna cotta (1 tsp) into the lavender cream mixture. Stir well.
  • Pour the cream into individual containers.
  • If you want to unmold the panna cotta before serving then grease the container (bowls, ramekins) lightly with oil before pouring the cream mixture into it.
  • Put the panna cotta in the fridge to set for 4 hours or overnight. I prefer overnight.

Preparation of Lemon Curd:

  • Separate the yolks from the white carefully. You don't want the white part in the yolk mixture.
  • Add egg yolks, sugar, lemon jucie, lemon zest and butter into a heatproof bowl or container.
  • In another pan heat some water over medium heat.
  • Put the container with the mixture over the simmering water.
  • Keep stirring or whisking the mixture continously using a whisk or fork.
  • Keep stirring till it begins to thicken and coats a spoon.
  • Pour the lemon curd in a heat proof bowl or container.
  • Cover the curd with a cling film, the cling film should touch the surface of the curd so that a skin those not form.
  • When it is a bit cool, put it in the fridge till required.
  • Lemon Curd stays fresh for about a week in the fridge.

Serving Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd:

  • Take the set panna cotta out off the fridge.
  • Un mold if you want to.
  • To each panna cotta add about a tsp of lemon curd. Spread it out gently.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Store the white part of the eggs in the fridge and use it up to make an omelet.
  • Use the remaining lemon curd to top pancakes, add it to your cake batter, make cookies or use it for another dessert.
  • Don't add too much lavender other wise it may taste like soap.
  • For the perfect consistency of panna cotta, not too hard or too soft, its best to use 2½ tsp or 7g of gelatin to set 2½ cups of liquid.
Keyword creamy, dessert, lavender, lemon, lemon curd, panna cotta, refreshing

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  • The Girl Next Door

    May 27, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    5 stars
    What a brilliant dessert, Mayuriji! I can totally imagine the gorgeous flavours and fragrance of the Panna Cotta, with the lemon and lavender going in. It’s awesome that you made the lemon curd from scratch too!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, I first tasted lemon curd in UK and loved it. The right time came to try and make it at home.

  • Preethicuisine

    May 30, 2020 at 8:57 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful colour !! Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd Looks absolutely gorgeous and tempting. Home made lemon curd is the best. Interesting read about your Italy trip too!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 30, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

      1. Sujata Roy

        May 31, 2020 at 12:45 pm

        5 stars
        Loved this gorgeous dessert Mayuri. Thanks for the lemon curd recipe. I am sure this lemon lavender panna cotta taste awesome. Wonderful share.

  • Sujata Roy

    May 31, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    5 stars
    Loved this gorgeous dessert Mayuri. Thanks for the lemon curd recipe. I am sure this lemon lavender panna cotta taste awesome. Wonderful share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 31, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.. it was delicious and refreshing

  • Poonam Bachhav

    May 31, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    5 stars
    Your posts are so informative di ! Thanks for sharing the lemon curd recipe from scratch. I am sure this lavender lemon panna cotta with lemon curd would have been a flavorful treat !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Poonam, it was really a very good dessert.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    May 31, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    5 stars
    I love lavender flavor a lot di but never tasted it. Lemon curd also new to me, at first I felt lemon curd means adding lemon in curd 🤗. Thanks for clear explanation di and nice write up as always. Surely this lavender lemon panna cotta tasted awesome with both flavors of lemon and lavender buds.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Aruna, it does taste really good and if every you get lavender flowers or buds you’ve got to try adding them to bakes and desserts.

  • Renu

    May 31, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    5 stars
    I just have dinner and after reading this post, I want to make it now. Just loved it, the lemon curd the panna cotta with lavender and lemon, what wonderful flavours this has. Beautiful presentation and tempting clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you so much Renu. I’m tempted to make it again as we loved it.

  • waagmi

    June 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    oh my my….lemon zest infused panna cotta with lemon curd, a very beautful recipe, just loved this dee 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much Waagmi.


    June 3, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely combination of flavors and this lavender lemon panna cotta looks absolutely scrumptious and tempting. Please pass the glass to me.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks Narmadha.

  • Swati

    June 5, 2020 at 1:51 am

    5 stars
    Lemon and Lavender combination sounds so exotic.. pannacotta glasses look so inviting, just like some gourmet dessert.. would love to make it for some special occasion.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 5, 2020 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty, yes you could make it for a special occasion.


    June 5, 2020 at 11:14 am

    5 stars
    I love these bright beautiful pictures. These pictures tempted me to dig my lemon curd recipe and try making it. It is sitting in my fridge currently with the hope that I will deal with it soon. Even I hope so too!
    Pannacotta! this is something I have never tried I was never confident. But I will definitely be making it now that I have a wonderful recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 5, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks Archana, in fact panna cotta is one of the easiest desserts to make. Try it.

  • Nayna Kanabar

    June 5, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    5 stars
    The panna cotta looks beautiful and so refreshing. Pairing lemon with lavender sounds so nice. Can you use agar agar to set a I am vegetarian and can’t use gelatin.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 5, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you so much Nayna, you can use agar agar. Also several times I’ve used Dr. Oetker’s Vegetarian Gelatin which my kaki brings for me from London. It gives a much better texture than agar agar.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    June 6, 2020 at 3:32 am

    5 stars
    Panna cotta is my favourite dessert .. so many variations can be tried . I must try this lemon flavoured one too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 6, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, please do try it.

  • Sasmita

    June 6, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Beautiful color this panna cotta has !! Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta sounds totally interesting and looks absolutely gorgeous 🙂
    Use of lemon curd is one more lovely addition here… Over all this is a perfect exotic share !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 6, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

  • Kalyani

    July 6, 2020 at 10:36 am

    5 stars
    I stubmled to learn about Lemon curd only on MAsterchef australia. This pannacotta looks and seems ethereal to me, Mayuri ! I think you have a great way of presenting classy desserts

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani

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