Weekend Recipe | Pandan & Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango & Pineapple

If you’re entertaining this weekend and looking for something a little different, this  pudding by MasterChef 2014 champion Ping Coombes, is a real talking point.

The classic Italian dessert Panna Cotta is given a surprising twist with Malaysian fruit flavours. Pandan leaves can be found in Thai supermarkets and online.

Serves 4

3 fresh pandan leaves, knotted

500ml coconut milk

500ml single cream

80g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

40g desiccated coconut

4 sheets of platinum grade leaf gelatine

½ ripe mango, peeled, stoned and diced

¼ small ripe pineapple, peeled and diced

  • Put the pandan leaves, half the coconut milk, half the single cream, the sugar, vanilla paste and desiccated coconut in a saucepan and bring to just below boiling point. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
  • Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water and set aside for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Place the coconut and cream mixture back on the hob and heat through until warm. Squeeze the gelatine to get rid of excess water then stir it into the warm mixture until it has dissolved.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing the leaves with a wooden spoon to extract all the flavour and liquid.
  • Stir in the remaining cream and coconut milk and mix well. Divide the mixture between 4 × 500ml kilner jars or bowls. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.
  • Serve topped with diced mango and pineapple.

TIP: You can also serve this with Lychee and Kaffir Lime Granita or Coconut Shortbread.

Credit: The Pandan and Coconut Panna Cotta is available throughout December at Chi Kitchen. Recipe from: MALAYSIA: Recipes from a Family Kitchen by Ping Coombes, published by Orion, Photography © Laura Edwards

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