Fall may just be our favorite season, mostly because of the flavors that accompany this time of the year! This Pumpkin Caramel Panna Cotta recipe has a nice subtle pumpkin flavor and is so silky and creamy! Enjoy this fall creamy dessert drizzled with a salted caramel sauce and candied pecans.
Panna Cotta in Italian translates to “cooked cream.” It is a classic Italian dessert that combines sweetened cream, vanilla extract and gelatin giving it a silky custard texture. Generally, panna cottas are very easy desserts to make and only require a few basic ingredients. Although these are easy to make, a panna cotta is an elegant dessert that is perfect for a special occasion.
Our Pumpkin Caramel Panna Cotta
Our version of a seasonal pumpkin panna cotta recipe incorporates pumpkin and pumpkin spices to give this classic dessert a nice twist with fall flavors! Even if you aren’t a pumpkin dessert lover, this panna cotta is for you! The subtle pumpkin flavor in this fall dessert combined with the warm spices and homemade caramel sauce is so delicious! These are perfect for a fall dinner party and can be made up to two days in advance.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Blend
We use a homemade pumpkin spice blend for this recipe. You can of course use a store bought, pre-blended spice like Pumpkin Pie Spice. But we prefer the ratios of this particular blend. We combine the following delicious spices for this homemade blend:
- 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cloves
We generally make a batch of this at the beginning of Fall and use it in a variety of desserts and drinks.
We use real pumpkin in this recipe so there is no artificial pumpkin taste to these. Using canned pumpkin puree works well in this recipe, just make sure you are buying the pure pumpkin puree rather than a canned pumpkin pie mixture that already incorporates spices.
You can, of course, make homemade pumpkin puree if you wish. Especially during pumpkin season, we prefer using pie pumpkins, such as sweet or sugar pumpkins, and making our own puree. Check out our easy pumpkin puree recipe HERE.
We absolutely love a dreamy dessert with pumpkin this time of the year. If you are looking for other pumpkin recipes, check out our Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake aka “Crack Cake” or our Pumpkin Mascarpone Cheesecake with Candied Cinnamon Pecans.
We hope that you enjoy this recipe for Pumpkin Caramel Panna Cotta with Candied Pecans. If you give this recipe a try and like it, leave us a 5 star rating and comment below, or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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