Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier

Hello Friday!  I thought that in honor of the weekend (and also due to my inability to really focus on writing anything of major substance yet) that I would do a  giveaway!  Everyone loves a giveaway, especially when it involves some type of food, so this should be a great way to head into the weekend.

If you are a regular reader of Bunkycooks, you will probably know that I had ankle surgery this past Monday.  It’s been a long and foggy headed week.  I am feeling marginally “of sound mind”…just enough to be able to write this post and share a recipe to go along with it.

Sitting around eating bon bons is not all that it’s cracked up to be…ask my dog!

The Chobani yogurt people sent me a nice sampling of their Greek yogurt several weeks ago.  They had invited me to meet them at their Chomobile, while it was in Atlanta, but I was out of town (Bummer, dude!), so I was able to play with some of the different types of yogurts at home instead. 🙂  I like the idea of including more yogurt in our diet because we are always looking for ways to eat lighter and healthier foods.

According to their website, they have some guy by the name of Mustafa at their farm in Upstate New York.  He is the Master Yogurt Maker.  Isn’t that the name of the lion in The Lion King? I told you I wasn’t totally coherent…just my brain wandering again …and that’s a scary thought with my pain med allotment circumstances this week!

So anyway, I have been enjoying their fruit flavored Greek yogurt since I first discovered it in the grocery stores (I particularly like the wonderfully tart, pomegranate flavor), but I had not tried the plain yogurt to use in any recipes, so I was excited to get to work on that!

I find Greek yogurt to be more satisfying as a meal or a snack than regular yogurt because of its rich consistency.  I like the smoothness of the Chobani yogurt (no lumpy stuff, even when the fruit gets mixed in) and there are fewer grams of sugar, which is always important.  It also has twice the protein of regular yogurt and offers some other great benefits as well.  If you are concerned about your foods (as I am), and want to know what is in them and where they come from, you might want to compare labels on yogurt next time you are making a purchase.

I had substituted regular whole milk yogurt in the past for sour cream and had okay results, but the Greek yogurt has such a nice consistency in even their non-fat version, I thought I would try it to update a few recipes.  I knew the smoothness and tartness of the Greek yogurt would make it a better substitute for sour cream.

These two ingredients are about to make a really lovely dessert!

I made several main dishes that were very successful substituting Chobani Greek Yogurt for the sour cream, however, I decided to share a dessert recipe, since we all seem to love desserts more than main dishes!

This dessert was inspired by an older recipe at Gourmet that was nice, but I thought could be kicked up a few notches!. I love the flavor of the Grand Marnier with the oranges and the tartness of the yogurt. A little bit of booze is always a nice addition to dessert. It’s hard to go wrong with a liquored up dessert, wouldn’t you say?! This is a delicious, low-fat dessert that is elegant enough to serve to company.

The first time I prepared the recipe, I unmolded it like a panna cotta.  The second time I made it and served it in the dessert glass. Either presentation is lovely, so it’s a matter of personal preference which you choose to do.  If you are in a hurry and make several of these for a dinner party, serving it right from the glass would certainly be simpler at the end of a meal.

You can serve this as a traditional panna cotta, if you prefer.

Now for the important stuff – the giveaway!

Chobani has offered to give two of Bunkycooks’ readers six coupons each for their Chobani yogurt.  There are many wonderful flavors to choose from, so it might be a toughie trying to decide what to get if you win. 🙂

Here is how you enter:


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This giveaway ends at 5 pm EST on Friday, November 19th.

I will notify the winner by email. Please get back to me with your mailing address within 48 hours. These coupons will be mailed to the winners directly from Chobani.

Chobani is only available to purchase in the U.S., so regretfully, this contest is only open to residents of the U.S. I apologize to my friends elsewhere.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this recipe and good luck with the giveaway!


This recipe makes one serving, so you will need to adjust the ingredients accordingly, for your desired number of servings.


Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier

Serves One


1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (from 1 envelope)
Pinch ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 navel orange
1 tablespoon orange liquor (I used Grand Marnier)
3/4 teaspoon mild honey (I used the Spring honey from Green Goddess Farms)


Dishes to use: 1-cup ramekin (4 inches across and about 2 inches deep) - if you are going to unmold the dessert, like a panna cotta) or a glass dessert dish

Whisk together yogurt, sugar, vanilla and orange zest in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Put water in a very small saucepan and tilt pan so that water is on one side, then sprinkle gelatin and cardamom evenly over water. Let stand one minute to soften. Heat mixture over low heat, stirring, until gelatin is dissolved, about thirty seconds. Whisk hot gelatin into yogurt until combined well. * Do this step quickly so the gelatin does not have time to set up. Pour yogurt into ramekin or dessert glass and chill, covered, until set, about one and a half hours.

While yogurt mixture is chilling, cut peel and white pith away from orange with a sharp knife. Working over a small bowl, cut segments free from membranes from the orange, letting segments fall into bowl, then squeeze one tablespoon of juice from the rest of the orange and, if necessary, from membranes. (You should have about one tablespoon of orange juice.)

Bring orange juice, Grand Marnier and honey to a simmer in cleaned very small saucepan, stirring, then simmer until reduced to about one tablespoon, about one minute. Pour syrup over segments in the bowl, gently stirring to coat. Cool to room temperature, about ten minutes.

If unmolding - Run a thin knife around edge of ramekin to loosen panna cotta, then dip ramekin into a bowl of hot water thirty seconds and invert pudding onto a plate. Spoon syrup over panna cotta and arrange orange segments around sides.

You can also serve the panna cotta in a dessert glass and pour some of the syrup over the top and arrange several orange slices on top of the dessert.

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