Strawberry Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert that looks and tastes gorgeous. Panna cotta is a tricky dessert to make because it is very important for a panna cotta to have a wobbly consistency and perfectly set at the same time. The wobbliness of the panna cotta comes from the setting agent that is used which can be either gelatine or agar agar. This time I’ve gone with the vegan alternative by using agar agar.

The panna cotta is topped with some delicious strawberry coulis, fresh strawberries and mint leaves. You can substitute the strawberry with raspberries too. If you find fresh strawberries in the market and couldn’t resist but to think about making a strawberry panna cotta, then this recipe is definitely the one for you. The sweetness of the panna cotta is perfectly balanced with the sourness from the berries and the acidity from the lemon juice in the coulis. This is also a great dessert to make if you are inviting people over for dinner or brunch.

Try out this recipe and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Preparation and Cooking Time: 30 mins

Setting Time: 3-4 hours

Serves: 5

Ingredients:

For Panna Cotta:

  1. Cream: 500 ml
  2. Milk: 500 ml
  3. Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
  4. White Chocolate Buttons: 1 cup
  5. Caster Sugar: 1 cup
  6. Agar Agar Leaves: 5-7 gm ( If using Gelatine leaves, then take 4 nos)

For Strawberry Coulis:

  1. Fresh Strawberry: 250 gm
  2. Caster Sugar: 1/2 cup
  3. Juice of 1 Lemon
  4. Mint Leaves: 2-3 sprigs

Method:

For Panna Cotta:

  1. Soak the agar agar leaves in normal water for 10 mins.
  2. In a saucepan, pour cream and milk (500 ml each) and boil it on a medium heat. You have to keep stirring for the entire process with a whisker.
  3. Add 1 tsp vanilla essence and a cup of white chocolate buttons once the mixture heats up.
  4. Take the agar agar out of the water and squish the extra water out with your hands and add it to the mixture. Lower the flame and keep stirring till the agar agar/ gelatine leaves completely melts.
  5. When done, pass the mixture through a sieve and transfer it to another bowl. Slowly pour the mixture into the galsses till its 3/4th filled and keep it in the fridge. It usually takes 3-4 hours to set.

For Strawberry Coulis:

  1. Cut the strawberry into pieces and add it to a saucepan over medium heat along with sugar and lemon juice and mix well.
  2. Keep stirring till the strawberry turns mushy and becomes a thick red syrup. Cool the mixture down and pour it on top of the set panna cotta and top it with some fresh strawberries and mint leaves and serve.

Bon Appetit…!!!

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