Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta Recipe

Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta Recipe

10 min
2-3 People
10 min



Growing up, one of the most exciting parts of summer holidays was eagerly waiting for my mom to surprise us with a refreshing treat. Each day, we'd ask, "Mom, what's the cool dessert today?" And she'd come up with endless options. But one of my all-time favorites has to be the Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta. It's like a taste of paradise on a spoon! The creamy texture, the delicate coconut flavor, it's a dessert that transports you to tropical bliss with every bite.


Now, let me share with you this divine recipe, straight from my kitchen to yours.




Coconut Panna Cotta with Minty Sugar Syrup




For Coconut Panna Cotta:

  • 1 bowl Cream
  • 1 bowl Coconut Cream
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Agar-Agar Powder
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence
  • Handful of toasted Coconut Chips

For Minty Sugar Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • Handful finely chopped Mint leaves
  • Water





1. Prepare Coconut Panna Cotta:

  • In a pan, combine 1 bowl of cream and 1 bowl of coconut cream. Bring them to a boil.
  • Add 1 tbsp sugar, or adjust to taste. Allow the mixture to boil nicely.

2. Make Minty Sugar Syrup:

  • In another pan, combine 1/4 cup sugar and water. Boil until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens to form a syrup.
  • Add the finely chopped mint leaves to the sugar syrup and cook for a few minutes.

3. Set the Panna Cotta:

  • In the boiled cream and coconut cream mixture, add 1 tbsp agar-agar powder. Whisk until well combined.
  • Turn off the heat and blend the mixture of mint leaves and sugar syrup in a blender. Strain the mixture to remove any solids.
  • Add the minty sugar syrup to the cream mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in 1 tbsp vanilla essence for added flavor.
  • Pour the mixture into serving bowls and refrigerate until set.

4. Garnish and Serve:

  • Once the panna cotta is set, garnish each serving with a few toasted coconut chips.
  • Serve the coconut panna cotta cold and enjoy the refreshing flavors of coconut and mint.

This delightful dessert is sure to impress with its creamy texture and refreshing minty taste!




About the Recipe:


The Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta is a delightful Italian dessert that perfectly combines the richness of cream with the exotic flavor of coconut. It's a treat that tantalizes the taste buds and leaves you craving for more. This dessert is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients.


The creamy texture of the panna cotta is achieved by simmering coconut cream and heavy cream together until they are perfectly blended. Sweetened with a hint of sugar syrup infused with coconut essence, this dessert is a true indulgence.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Use gelatin to set the panna cotta. Bloom the gelatin in cold water before adding it to the warm cream mixture for best results.
  2. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference. You can add more or less sugar syrup depending on how sweet you like your dessert.
  3. For a smoother texture, strain the mixture before pouring it into molds.
  4. Allow the panna cotta to set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight, for the best results.
  5. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes or fresh berries before serving for an extra burst of flavor and texture.



Pairing Guide:


The Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta pairs wonderfully with a variety of accompaniments. Here are some delicious options:


  • Fresh tropical fruits like mangoes, pineapple, or passionfruit
  • A drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce for added decadence
  • Crumbled cookies or biscotti for a delightful crunch
  • A sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes for an extra hint of coconut flavor


Experiment with different toppings to create your own unique twist on this classic dessert!




Frequently Asked Questions about Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta:


  1. Can I use light coconut milk instead of coconut cream?

    • Yes, you can use light coconut milk, but keep in mind that the texture may be slightly lighter compared to using coconut cream.
  2. How long does it take for the panna cotta to set?

    • It usually takes about 4 hours in the refrigerator for the panna cotta to set properly, but for the best results, let it set overnight.
  3. Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

    • Absolutely! In fact, making it ahead allows the flavors to meld together even more, resulting in a more delicious dessert.
  4. Can I use agar agar instead of gelatin?

    • Yes, agar agar can be used as a vegetarian alternative to gelatin. Follow the package instructions for the proper usage.
  5. How long does Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta last in the refrigerator?

    • It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, but it's best enjoyed fresh.
  6. Can I freeze Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta?

    • While it's possible to freeze it, the texture may change slightly upon thawing, so it's not recommended.
  7. What if I don't have coconut essence for the sugar syrup?

    • You can omit the coconut essence or substitute it with vanilla extract for a different flavor profile.
  8. Can I use low-fat cream instead of heavy cream?

    • Heavy cream is preferred for its richness, but you can use low-fat cream for a lighter version of the dessert.
  9. How do I unmold the panna cotta without it breaking?

    • Dip the bottom of the mold in warm water for a few seconds to loosen the panna cotta before unmolding it onto a plate.
  10. Can I make a dairy-free version of Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta?

    • Yes, you can substitute the heavy cream with coconut milk for a dairy-free alternative. Adjust the sweetness accordingly.


Enjoy making and savoring this exquisite Chilled Coconut Panna Cotta, a dessert that's sure to impress with its creamy texture and tropical flavor!