Coconut panna cotta with pineapple salsa

Coconut panna cotta with pineapple salsa

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 6

We've squeezed the taste of Asia into an Italian classic to create a creamy, rich, and tangy panna cotta. Teamed with a fruity salsa this pudding is hard to resist

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  • 2 x 400ml cans coconut milk
  • 400ml full-fat milk
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 x 12g sachets powdered gelatine
  • handful coconut chips, toasted

For the pineapple salsa

  • 85g caster sugar
  • 25g fresh root ginger, thinly sliced
  • 250g fresh pineapples, cut into small pieces
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

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  1. Pour the coconut milk and milk into a saucepan, then add the sugar. Split the vanilla pod in half and scrape out the seeds, then add to the pan with the empty pod. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 5 mins.
  2. Spoon 200ml of the hot mixture into a small bowl. Shake over the gelatine and whisk into the mixture until dissolved. If you have difficulty dissolving the gelatine, return the mixture to a gentle heat for 1-2 mins. See know-how below).Stir into the rest of the coconut mixture, discarding the vanilla pod. Pour into 6 x 200ml metal dariole moulds and place in the fridge for at least 2 hrs until firm with a slight wobble. Can be made up to 2 days ahead.
  3. For the salsa, tip the sugar and ginger slices into a small saucepan and pour over 100ml water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 5-10 mins until it turns slightly syrupy and light golden. Leave to cool, then discard the ginger slices. The syrup can be made up to 1 week in advance.
  4. To serve, dip each dariole mould into boiling water for a moment to loosen the panna cotta, then turn onto a serving late. Arrange the sliced pineapple beside each panna cotta and scatter with chopped chilli. Drizzle with ginger syrup to finish.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007

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Ladyratatouille's picture

Absolutely lovely and refreshing after a spicy main course! these were very easy to make to. I halved the pana cotta liquid as suggested by tinysparkles and it was just right for 4.
The syrup was not enough so will double quantity next time.
I think the coconut taste was present but subtle. A lovely pudding. I added crushed pistachios on top of each panacottas before serving to give it some texture.

tinysparkles's picture
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Oh and I used ramekin dishes which hold 125ml :)

tinysparkles's picture
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Great recipe! I used 4 leaves of gelatine and HALVED the panna cotta liquid amount which was enough for 4 people and a little egg cup full for tasting before serving which I recommend doing! I used light coconut milk and full fat milk.... less guilt! :) The syrup is amazing especially the syruppy ginger slices which is supposed to be discarded according to instructions.... so I ate them instead! Yum! Stated amount of salsa is enough for 4 people generously. If making for more than 4 people, definitely double the pineapple/syrup amount! Overall, panna cotta is not strong in coconut flavour so dont expect it to be packed full of coconuttiness, perhaps add coconut essence/extract or coconut liquer if you want to bring out the coconut taste. I thought it was fine as is but added a handful of dessicate coconut to add a little bite to the texture... leave this out if you want a smooth silky finish!

kallmeyer's picture

Didn't find this very coconutty, dissappointed.

ianinfrance's picture

Another mistake.

Almost without exception, the typical serving portion for panna cotta is around 125 mls per person. This recipe, has 800 ml coconut milk and 400 ml milk plus sugar etc. AND there's a load of pineapple as well. I'd say the recipe as written was more than enough for 10 at the least.

ianinfrance's picture

Three mistakes in the recipe. Perhaps your proof readers should be more careful.

1 Para 4 in the method should be "plate" not "late".
2. ingredients list calls for pineapple cut into small pieces, method says "Arrange the sliced pineapple"
3. "then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 5-10 mins until it turns slightly syrupy and light golden". A very common mistake, Simmering is not boiling. Simmering these ingredients for 5 to 10 mins will NOT result in a pale golden syrup. Recipe should say "boil slowly" which is what's meant.

mother_ship's picture
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Just made the panna cotta, so easy,tasty and summery :-) We just had it with strawberries and a squeeze of lime. Have to say that the lime really made it! @Jooles the coconut essence was suggested in a comment but personally I didn't think it needed it.

jburton's picture

ooooo and how about using tinned pineapple chunks, to make things a little easier?

jburton's picture

I dont want to sound daft but others have mentioned coconut essence, i cant see this on the ingrediants list. Are you using this instead of the pod or as an addition??x

rsbtdrake's picture

I've adjusted this recipe again, I now use all lite coconut Milk and lite coconut cream and I also put a coconut rum Liquor about 1 tablespoon and a dash of vanilla as well.
Served with Raspberry sorbet 1 tub of no fat greek yoghurt
500 grams frozen raspberries
125 grams Castor sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
Put all ingredients in food processor or blender, freeze, then take out of freezer until soft to scoop serve with pannotta and toasted coconut chips.

terbuh's picture

instead of coconut essence a better ingredient to boost the coconut flavour would be coconut liqoir

victoriawan1's picture

Where do you get coconut essence from?

What is the difference in using gelatine leaf and gelatine powder?

dohajane's picture
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Delightful receipe and so easy to do! I had had the self same thing in a restaurant in Cyprus only last week and came home to see if I could find a similar recipe....voila!
I used lite coconut milk and vanilla extract. To serve I grilled the pineapple and decorated it with mint sprigs. Going to be a favourite!

rsbtdrake's picture

This recipe was very good easy to make. I made it for my last dinner party and everone was very impressed.
I did change it slightly, I used low fat coconut cream and low fat coconut milk combined and only used half the full cream milk. I added 1 tsp of coconut essence and used 3 geletine sheets instead of powder.
I served Raspberry ice cream. and pineapple and mint sobert as a accompliment.