Lychee & passion fruit panna cottas

Lychee & passion fruit panna cottas

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Prep: 15 mins plus 4 hrs chilling (no cook)

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Serves 6
This creamy set dessert comes with a tropical jelly topping. Make sure you keep your measurements precise to get the right consistency

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal494
  • fat37g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 400ml double cream
  • 100ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 60g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 125g peeled and stoned lychee, plus extra whole fruits to garnish
  • 5 sheets gelatine



    A colourless, tasteless and odourless setting agent made from the boiled bones, skins and…

  • 6 tbsp passion fruit, orange or lemon curd
  • 2 ripe passion fruits, flesh scooped out, to serve

For the passion fruit jelly

  • 200ml strained passion fruit juice, plus 2 tbsp seeds (see tip, below)
  • 40g golden caster sugar
  • 2 sheets gelatine



    A colourless, tasteless and odourless setting agent made from the boiled bones, skins and…


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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26th Jun, 2016
Don't put the cream mixture into the nutribullet like I did - it curdled and I got butter! Second time round I blended the sugar, vanilla paste, milk and lychee, and then added the cream and it worked a treat. I then heated the mixture to almost boiling, then added the gelatine, waited for it to dissolve and then strained it through a sieve, before letting it cool. This also worked well. I didn't bother juicing a load of passion fruits for the jelly, instead I bought a bottle of passion fruit and mango juice from the supermarket, and added a few passion fruit seeds to it for effect. Used tinned lychees - again worked really well. All in all not that difficult a recipe but very impressive at the dinner table! And tasted divine.
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