Eggnog Panna Cotta with Rum Soaked Raisins and Pecans

Treat yourself and your loved ones this holiday season with this scrumptious and festive dessert by Chef Dale Mackay.

 Serves: 8
 Prep Time: 5 min
 Wait Time: 4 hours 30 min
 Cook Time: 20 min


  • 6egg yolks
  • 2/4 cup (125 mL)sugar
  • 8sheet - gelatin
  • 2 cups (500 mL)milk
  • 1 cup (250 mL)cream
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL)ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL)ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL)vanilla extract

Raisin and Pecan Garnish

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL)rum
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL)raisins
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL)pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL)sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL)water


  1. Place yolks and sugar into a stand mixer with whisk attachment whipping on high for about 1 minute until yolks are creamed.

  2. Place a gelatin sheet in cold water to bloom.

  3. Place milk, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla into a pot and bring to a simmer on low. Add a big spoon of the hot milk mixture to your egg mixture, to temper them as you don’t want to cook the eggs. Once most of the milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the pot and place it on medium heat. Whisk constantly for a few minutes until it reaches 160 °F (70 °C). If you don’t have a thermometer, cook until the mixture is slightly thickened. Next, add your bloomed gelatin and whisk until it’s dissolved.

  4. Pour mixture into 8 glass jars or ramekins of your choice. Place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours.

Raisin and Pecan Garnish

  1. Place all garnish ingredients into a small pot and bring it to a simmer for about 1 minute.

  2. Place in a container with a lid and let it stand for about 30 minutes to let the raisins absorb the rum.

  3. Garnish the top of each panna cotta with your raisin and pecan mix and serve chilled.