Mix together the gelatin granules with the rose water or the vanilla extract and water in a small bowl to help soften them.
If using molds, grease them with a mild flavored oil. If you prefer not to use molds, you can make the panna cotta directly in decorative glasses or bowls for serving directly without unmolding.
Mix the milk, cream, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Add the gelatin and rose water mixture, and keep stirring over medium heat until the gelatin and sugar have dissolved.
When the gelatin has completely dissolved, remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool. You can speed up the process by placing the pan over a bowl full of ice water.
Pour the cooled mixture into the prepared molds. Place the molds into your refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
Once set, the panna cotta is ready for serving. If made in decorative glasses, garnish as desired and serve immediately.
For panna cotta made in bowls, unmold it onto a plate. This can be done by slipping a knife between the panna cotta and the edge of the mold, and sliding it around to help release it. You can also place the mold in hot water for a few seconds to help release it from the mold.
Place a plate over the mold and flip the panna cotta onto a plate. If it doesn't release from the mold, place the mold in warm water for a few more seconds before trying again. (Don't leave it in too long or it will melt the panna cotta.)
Decorate the panna cotta with a fruit puree or other sauce of your choice, or serve it plain.
Serve and enjoy!
Other flavors of panna cotta can be made my mixing the cream with coffee, chocolate, or fruit purees.You can make a caramel panna cotta by melting sugar and pouring it into the bottom of the molds before adding the cream mixture to the molds. This is similar to how one makes flan.You can use individual molds like custard molds or use muffin trays for molding the dessert. Keep in mind that it is easier to unmold them when individual molds are used.For a lighter panna cotta, use more milk and less cream. For a creamier panna cotta, use more cream and less milk.The recipe can be made low carb by using a low carb sweetener instead of the sugar. Other sweeteners like honey or maple syrup can also be used, but they may affect the color and/or flavor of the finished dessert.