Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 31st May 2012

Crema di Latticello (Buttermilk Cream), quick and easy Italian dessert, is very similar to Panna Cotta but this eggless custard has whipped cream folded in making it extra creamy and light. Exactly what I’m looking for in a Spring or Summer Dessert.

A photo of two Buttermilk Cream desserts in glasses with fresh mixed berries, pomegranate seeds and a sprig of mint.

And as far as topping these desserts, the possibilities are endless. I’ve topped them here with mixed berries and pomegranate seeds that I quickly macerated in honey, lemon juice, a splash of vanilla, and to give the topping a little je ne sais quoi, Crème de Cassis. The pomegranate seeds are a welcoming textural contrast to the softer fruits and silky smooth custard.

A photo of pomegranate seeds in a small white bowl on black slate tile with a few scattered pomegranate seeds and a dessert spoon.

When macerating mixed berries I prefer to toss in the raspberries in the last few minutes because they tend to fall apart into bits rather quickly. The blackberries and strawberries hold their natural shape and texture far longer.

A close up photo of a Buttermilk Cream on a white dessert dish topped with fresh berries that were macerated in Creme di Cassis and Honey

The delicate texture of these moulded custards is achieved by using just enough gelatin to set the custard, keep this in mind when dipping the ramekins in hot water to turn them out onto dessert plates because the gelatin will melt quickly. Turning out the custard is the only difficult step in this recipe, be patient, they will turn out. If necessary, tap the base of the ramekin with the back of a spoon.

A photo of a basket of fresh strawberries on a black slate tile with a few strawberries randomly placed in front of the basket.

These no-bake Buttermilk Creams are one of my go to Party Desserts. Why? They’re very easy to make and they can be made ahead of time (always a good thing when you’re hosting a get-together – keep it simple!). And if I’m feeding a crowd, which I usually am, the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. The best tip I can share, if you’re doubling or tripling the recipe, add only enough gelatin to set the custard, adding too much will not only mask the flavour but it will also give it a rubbery and unpleasant texture.

A photo of two Italian desserts, Buttermilk Creams garnished with fresh berries, pomegranate seeds and a sprig of mint placed on green polka dotted napkins.

And the reason for going back to this recipe time and time again? – Every time I’ve served these creamy pillows – my guests have enjoyed them immensely!

A photo taken looking down on a summer dessert, buttermilk cream garnished with fresh berries with honey and Creme di Cassis syrup.

Plus I have a thing for custard desserts, with eggs, without eggs, I love them!

A photo of two Italian desserts, Crema di Latticello {Buttermilk Creams} in glasses topped with fresh fruit and a sprig of mint.

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Comments (13)

13 Responses to “Buttermilk Cream with Mixed Berries and Pomegranate Seeds {Crema di Latticello}”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    They look so lovely! The use of buttermilk is really intriguing too. A wonderful little dessert.

  2. Grace Says:

    Kathryn I’m not much of a buttermilk lover but it’s really wonderful in this custard, greek yogurt is also a wonderful alternative to buttermilk.

  3. Tina@flourtrader Says:

    It has been awhile since I have popped in here, but I am glad to see that your wonderful talent still perseveres! This one is not only unique but stunning as well. I imagine a spoonful with all that tart taste from the buttermilk greatly compliments those juicy fruits-yum!

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much for popping in Tina!

  5. CindysIdeas Says:

    Wow what a luscious looking dessert. The photos are gorgeous and I can almost taste that wonderful fruit.

  6. june in Ireland Says:

    After reading this post and ogling the gorgeous, delicious photos you’ve shared with us, I am now just about to head out to my local market and get a little bit of everything and make some of these beauties. The pomegranite seeds and the buttermilk and the honey plus all these luscious fruits equals one word for me – heaven!
    Thanks for sharing, and have a gorgeously fruity and delicious weekend! – June

  7. Jaime Says:

    You make such gorgeous and decadent desserts! I especially like this one served on the plate with the berries galore all over and around it. Looks so yummy!!

  8. cookingrookie Says:

    beautiful! I love the idea of using buttermilk together with cream in this panna cotta / custard – like dessert. It must add a touch of tanginess. So refreshing! This is a MUST try! Thanks for yet another brilliant recipe, Grace!

  9. Kim Bee Says:

    This looks really incredible. I am so in awe of your photography.

  10. Carolyn Says:

    It’s a beautiful dessert, no matter what way you serve it!

  11. Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake Says:

    This sounds wonderful! I am a fan of anything creamy and the berries and pomegranate are a perfect addition!

  12. lyly Says:

    Grace, you always have delicious desert and beautiful pix. Have a Good Week

  13. Elin @ Jax Beach Says:

    Luscious and elegant, I want to try this!

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