My 279th recipe “Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Pineapple Glaze (without Gelatin)”, a super delicious dessert. It is one of those desserts which is very easy to make, but to those who are tasting, it appears as though it is very sophisticated and made with a lot of effort. Something perfect to serve to your special guests or to make on those special occasions.
I usually get pretty excited when I try a recipe for the first time. It is usually so much of nervous excitement. It was just the same case, when I made Panna Cotta for the first time. There were too many things for me to be worried about. I wanted my panna cotta to have the perfect consistency, rich, creamy and jiggly. On top of that I was using agar agar for the first time I was not sure how the outcome would be. My nervousness skyrocketed as soon as I had left the panna cotta in the refrigerator for setting. The thought of panna cotta kept lingering in my mind for the whole night. And the next day morning, only when the panna cotta came out perfect without collapsing, I was able to sigh a breath of relief. It turned out to be a worthy experiment and ever since, the panna cotta recipe has turned into a fool proof and keeper recipe.
I always make the classic version of panna cotta with heavy cream and vanilla. This time around I decided to take just the inspiration from my regular recipe, but experiment with a different flavor combination. An Italian dessert with tropical flavors sounded really interesting to me. Hence I settled my mind on making a panna cotta using coconut milk. I love the naturally rich and creamy flavor of a coconut, and I was confident that I would love a coconut milk panna cotta. To compliment with the coconut flavor in the panna cotta, I wanted to make a glaze with more tropical flavors. It was not very difficult at all to convince my mind to make a glaze of pineapple.
When I gave the first spoonful to RK, he was really stunned. I am surely not over exaggerating, but he said that it is one of the most delicious desserts he had ever tasted. Only after hearing that I felt relieved that my latest experiment had indeed turned successful. The coconut milk panna cotta turned out super creamy, flavorful and mildly sweet. And the slightly sweet, slightly tang pineapple added the perfect glaze on top. A truly amazing combo of flavors 🙂
Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Pineapple Glaze
Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Pineapple Glaze is a amazing vegetarian Italian dessert made with tropical flavors. Perfectly rich and creamy.
- Heavy Cream - 1 Cup
- Coconut Milk - 1 Cup
- Agar Agar powder - 1 1/4 tsp
- Sugar - 3 Tbsp
- Butter - 1 Tbsp
- Brown Sugar - 1 Tbsp
- Pineapple chunks - 1 Cup
- First, add the cream, coconut milk and agar agar to a large pan. Whisk until combined and keep aside for 15 mins.
- Now, add the sugar to the pan and mix well. Turn on the flame to medium. Heat until the sugar and agar dissolves and the mixture is just about to start boiling. Heat for another 3-4 mins in low flame, mixing constantly and turn off the flame. Use a fine mesh and filter the mixture into a clean bowl.
- Transfer the mixture to tall glass and refrigerate until the panna cotta is set. I left it overnight in the refrigerator.
- To make the pineapple glaze, add the butter and brown sugar to a pan and heat in medium flame. Keep stirring until the butter melts and the sugar is dissolved. Now add the pineapple chunks to the pan, mix well and continue to cook until the pineapple is tender. Leave it to cool to room temperature or refrigerate until chill.
- Add the pineapple glaze on top of the panna cotta and serve cold. Enjoy.
- Do not boil the cream + milk mixture for a long time.
- Use a full fat / thick coconut milk for this recipe.
- Agar agar is a vegetarian option available for setting the panna cotta. If not a vegetarian, you can use gelatin as well. Follow the instructions on the package for direction of use and quantity.
- You can also use crushed pineapples instead of chunks.