Cereal Panna Cotta

File this baby under "How to Be a Hero" because when you serve up luscious cream and sweet cereal in a couple-bite treat, hero is exactly the status you'll achieve. In an instant, grown-ups are taken back to the gleeful Saturday mornings of their childhood, and kids are downright giddy about the colorful combinations. Offer it up the Lucky Charms version, pictured here, for dessert, of course, or serve it as a breakfast surprise (as only a hero could).

Play with both layers of this twisted Italian classic: Sprinkle Cinnamon Toast Crunch on top and add a pinch of cinnamon to the cream mixture. Or give each panna cotta a Cocoa-Puffs crown and add a spoonful of malt powder to the cream mixture. Or, omit the cereal altogether and top with fresh berries just before serving.

Yield: 4-8 , Prep time: 15 minutes , Cook time: 5-10 minutes + refrigeration time



1. Stir together the gelatin and milk in a small bowl. Let sit so the gelatin can proof.
2. Bring the cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla to medium-high heat in a small sauce pan; cook until it simmers.
3. When the sugar has completely dissolved, stir in the gelatin-milk mixture and the yogurt; whisk to a uniform consistency.
4. Pour the cream mixture into individual ramekins, 3/4 of the way full, and let come to room temperature.
5. Once the cream has cooled, sprinkle your favorite cereal on top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Tips + Tricks

**These may be made up to a day in advance.