- 400ml double cream
- 100ml milk
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- 60g golden caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
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- 125g peeled and stoned lychee, plus extra whole fruits to garnish
- 5 sheets gelatine
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- 6 tbsp passion fruit, orange or lemon curd
- 2 ripe passion fruit, flesh scooped out, to serve
For the passion fruit jelly
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Make the passion fruit jelly first. Heat the passion fruit juice and sugar in a saucepan, stirring, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Meanwhile, put the 2 sheets of gelatine in cold water and leave to soak for about 5 mins until soft. Take the juice off the heat. Add the gelatine and stir until it melts, then stir in the passion fruit seeds. Pour into 6 dariole moulds, or a similar container that can be turned out. Chill for 1 hr or until firmly set.
Purée the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla paste and lychees in a food processor or a blender. Sieve and pour into a saucepan. While it’s heating, soak the 5 sheets of gelatine in cold water, as before, until soft. When the cream is just under boiling, remove from the heat. Squeeze the water from the gelatine, add sheets to the cream mixture, then stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Stir, then pour into the moulds. Chill for at least 3 hrs or up to a day, to set. Can be done a day ahead.
When ready to serve, pour boiling water into a bowl. Dip sides of each mould into the water, holding it in for a second. Place a plate on top and flip over to turn out. Serve the panna cottas with extra lychees, some curd and more passion fruit flesh.
Cooking with passion fruit
Buy passion fruit at least 4-5 days before you need it as most are sold unripe. When the skin goes wrinkly, it’s ready to use. For the jelly, buy passion fruit juice and 1-2 passion fruits for the seeds, or whizz the seeds from 16 ripe passion fruits in a blender to separate the ‘juice’, then sieve to measure 200ml and return 2 tbsp of the seeds left in the sieve.