Maple Panna Cotta With Roasted Figs

January 23, 2022mayurisjikoni


Maple Panna Cotta With Roasted Figs is a super creamy, silky, exquisite, easy to make dessert. The roasted fig adds so much flavour and texture to the overall dessert. I’ve used the light amber maple syrup which tends to be sweeter than the darker ones. Maple syrup not only adds sweetness but also adds a caramel like flavour.

What Is Maple Syrup?

Maple Syrup is actually made from the maple tree sap or the xylem sap. Usually maple water or maple sap is tapped from red,sugar or balck maple trees. The maple water or sap is colourless. It is collected and boiled to remove the water content. Lighter colour maple syrup is more sweeter than the darker variety.

Quebec State in Canada is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, following by Vermont in US. While Canada grades the maple syrup in numbers (1.2.3) US tends to grade it letters (A,B,C). Grading of maple syrup depends on how translucent it is. A tool called light transmittance meter  helps producers to classify the maple syrup.

During Summer we went for a hike on Mont Pinacle, Coaticook. The beginning of the trail has a large maple forest, where I saw long tubes weaving through the forest. I was told that, that is how maple water is collected from the maple trees.

Uses Of Maple Syrup

Living in Quebec, it would be sad not to take the opportunity to use maple syrup. I use in place of honey and sugar whenever I can. Right from desserts to salad dressings and in coffee. I’ve yet to acquire the taste of maple syrup in Indian Masala Tea, though. Since our arrival in Canada, I’ve received so many bottles of maple syrup as presents.


Sunday Funday is a group of Food Bloggers. Every Sunday we  share some fun, traditional, hearty or easy recipes to make Sunday Family Meals a bit more exciting. To join this fun group, visit the Sunday Funday Facebook Page. Request to join in.


It is Stacy’s birthday – Happy Birthday Stacy.  Members of Sunday Funday are celebrating it potluck. 23rd Jan is my 39th wedding anniversary, so double celebration. In my culture, we celebrate happy moments, events with something sweet. Therefore, I am taking some Maple Panna Cotta with Roasted Fig for the party.


Some Dishes I’ve Taken For Potluck Parties

It has been a very long time since I’ve been for a potluck party.. Covid Pandemic has changed our lives. Whenever hubby and I were invited for potluck parties, salads, starters or desserts usually fell on my laps.

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Here’s What Members Brought For The Potluck Party


Ingredients Required For Maple Panna Cotta With Roasted Figs

  • Cream – whipping cream, double cream. Best to use dairy cream and not the imitation cream like cool whip.
  • Milk – any dairy milk.
  • Maple Syrup – well this dessert is maple panna cotta. But if you don’t get any then replace it with sugar or honey.
  • Gelatin – I have used Dr. Oetker’s Vege Gel. It is a vegetarian gelatin. Can use normal gelatin or agar agar powder. If you use agar agar powder, work quickly after adding it to the hot cream mixture as it tends to set quickly. Whichever you use, you need to allow the powders to soak in water for 10 minutes. Then you either double boil or microwave the mixture to melt the gelatin, vege-gel or agar agar. The amount remains the same for any.
  • Water – required to melt the gelatin, vege-gel or agar agar.
  • Lemon Zest – required for the panna cotta and for topping.
  • Lemon Juice – for adding on top before serving.
  • Fresh Figs – roasted in the oven. If you don’t get fresh figs, replace it with a fruit of your choice or a fresh fruit coulis.





Maple Panna Cotta With Roasted Figs is a super creamy, silky, exquisite, easy to make dessert. The roasted fig adds so much flavour and texture to the overall dessert.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 2 cups whipping/double cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • cup cup maple syrup
  • tsp gelatin vege gel or agar agar powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 fresh figs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • extra maple syrup for drizzling


  • First, add gelatin(veg gel or agar agar) to the water and mix well. Use a microwave safe bowl.
  • Allow the mixture to bloom (rest) for 10 minutes.
  • Add cream, milk and maple syrup to a saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan over medium to low heat.
  • Allow the cream mixture to become hot, mix frequently.
  • Do not boil it.
  • Melt gelatin (veg gel or agar agar) by placing the bowl in the microwave. Microwave for 30 -40 seconds.
  • Add the melted mixture to the hot cream mixture.
  • Add 1 tsp lemon zest. Mix well.
  • Pour the cream mixture into ramekin bowls or any dessert bowls.
  • Cover the bowls with cling film and allow it to chill for 4-6 hours or overnight. I prefer to chill it overnight. This allows the panna cotta to set.


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Wash and cut the figs into halves.
  • Arrange the figs on a baking tray, cut side facing up.
  • Drizzle 1 tbsp of maple syrup over them.
  • Roast them in the oven for 25-30 minutes.


  • Remove the chilled maple panna cotta from the fridge.
  • Add warm roasted figs on top, each bowl gets 2 halves.
  • Drizzle some maple syrup over the figs, sprinkle some lemon zest.
  • Drizzle some lemon juice over the figs and serve.


  • Replace gelatin with vege gel or agar agar powder. Soak it like gelatin for 10 minutes and then melt by heating it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.
  • If you don't have a micrwave oven, then you can melt it by placing the bowl with gelatin and water in hot water and stir. Use the same method for vege gel or agar agar powder.
  • Try and get real maple syrup and not a generic product.
  • Use fresh whipping or double cream. Cool whip and similar products do not give the same creaminess.
  • Replace the figs with any roasted fruit of your choice. Can add fresh fruit coulis or even just top with fresh fruit on its own.
Keyword maple panna cotta, maple panna cotta with roasted figs, roasted fig panna cotta

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  • Stacy

    January 23, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Happy anniversary to you and your husband, Mayuri! Panna cotta is one of my husband’s favorite desserts when we go out to eat at our favorite Italian restaurant but somehow I never think to make it at home. I’m looking forward to surprising him and making your recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 23, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much Stacy. I love panna cotta and it is one of the easiest and versatile desserts. So I make it often. Go on give your husband a surprise by making it at home.

  • Wendy Klik

    January 23, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Happy Anniversary. This panna cotta sounds perfect for any celebration.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy. Panna Cotta is the most requested dessert that I make for parties.

  • Karen

    January 23, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Panna Cotta is such a special dessert and so underrated! Love that you used maple syrup.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 23, 2022 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much Karen, love panna cotta. Takes so delicious with maple syrup.

  • Archana

    January 24, 2022 at 2:53 am

    5 stars
    Happy anniversary to you both, Mayuri! Now pannacotta is something I have never tried making! eating yes and we love it. I think I need to get over the dread of making it and your recipe is so simply explained I am sure I will make some.
    We will need a celebratory dessert once hubby’s health index stabilise. 😀 I am sure he will love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2022 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Please do try and make the panna cotta. It is really easy. As I mentioned you can also use agar agar. Then add any topping you like.

  • Sneha Datar

    January 25, 2022 at 7:06 am

    Must try this recipe for my hubby he is a sweet dish lover!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Sneha, guess you can make it now as figs are in Season.

  • Azlin Bloor

    January 26, 2022 at 6:42 am

    5 stars
    I haven’t met a panna cotta that I don’t love, Mayuri. And I’m just looking at your panna cotta recipe here and know that I’m going to love it. Just the combination of the figs and maple syrup on the creamy panna cotta – sounds like heaven! I’m definitely going to be trying it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you so much Azlin, please do try the recipe. I too love all kinds of panna cotta.

  • Kalyani

    January 26, 2022 at 8:32 am

    5 stars
    Classy dessert presented beautifully. And I loved the narrative about how the maple syrup itself is collected. Such a lovely dessert and an interesting read too, Mayuri!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 26, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani.

  • Seema

    January 26, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    5 stars
    Happy Anniversary and wish you many more wonderful years together. It is such a beautiful dessert. I love the roasted figs abd can feel the textural difference between the smooth Pannacota and the figs.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 26, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. Softness of the roasted figs, crunch from the seeds and the smoothness of the panna cotta.. truly a delightful dessert, try it.

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