© Constantine William Spyrou
One of my favorite desserts has to be the panna cotta. It is luxurious, rich, and extremely versatile. The milk and cream base can take on any flavor you choose to put into it, whether it be brandy, rum, chocolate, espresso, raspberry... Being able to be extremely creative with panna cotta makes it extremely exciting.
This recipe, however, is not the traditional panna cotta. This is a vegan version of the dish. Utilizing coconut cream, coconut milk, and a seaweed gelatin-like protein called agar-agar, this dish has the same silky texture as a panna cotta, but with a strong coconut flavor. This will be cut back by the use of lime zest to brighten up the dish, making it a tropical treat!
Recipe serves two.
1 cup coconut cream
3/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon agar agar
1. Add your coconut milk, coconut cream, and sugar to a sauce pan and bring up to a gentle boil, stirring to ensure the milk and cream don't burn and the sugar melts.
2. When it has melted, stir in your agar agar, lime juice, and lime zest.
3. Once the agar agar has dissolved, take the mixture off of the heat and pour directly into your mold of choice. This then needs to go into the fridge for about 3-4 hours to chill and set before serving.
This a light and refreshing, yet luxuriously creamy vegan dessert. For those of you going vegan, this panna cotta is perfect for you! You can also try using rum, fruit, or coffee instead of lime in your panna cotta! Remember how versatile this dish can be, even when infused with so much coconut.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know what you think and what you would change. If you make it at home, let me know how it turns out! Enjoy! =)