Everyone who knows me, know how much I love food. Sweet or savoury; I have too many to choose and count. But one thing I do know is I like to end a good meal with a homemade dessert! Doesn’t everybody? (:
I have heaps of favourite desserts : brownies, bread and butter pudding, jelly hearts and plum tatin ! But instead of always making the same desserts, I like to get inspiration from Tastespotting and other food blogs, and try new ones that catches my attention!
I was recently inspired after reading a post from Laureen of Eat and Be Happy and her amazing looking panna cotta and I just had to give it a try too!
I have been having a lychee craze now. So everything I want to make is lychee related. Makes me miss having Tango’s lychee martini more after having this dessert. Sadly, the lychee juice and cream layer split, so it became a three layer dessert. But the cream layer was nicely and subtly infused with the lychee flavour and it was still smooth and oh-so-good! The blended lychee at the bottom turned into a smooth lychee jelly which was like a surprise when you dig into it! So its not too bad a first try if you ask me. haha
I also decided to make berry ice cream to cut the sweetness of the panna cotta and it worked! I know it may sound like I spent alot of time on this dessert, but actually, I didn’t. Most of the time was for the panna cotta to set in the fridge! The berry ice cream took about 5 minutes from taking out the ingredients to freezing it! It is Jamie Oliver’s 1-minute berry ice cream that I saw on tv during the 30-minute meals. It’s healthy, and really good as well!
So yes, there is a lot of first tries in this one post, but well. If you don’t try, you’ll never know how it tastes will you?
So go on, give it a shot! (: You’ll not regret it !
Lychee Panna Cotta and Pomegranate Jelly (adapted from Une-deux Senses)
For the panna cotta :
1 can lychees, in syrup
2 tsp. powdered gelatin
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
2 tbsn. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla paste (optional, I just like to see the black dots in the cream)
For the pomegranate jelly :
1 1/2 tsp. powdered gelatin
1 cup pomegranate juice (I used POM pomegranate wildberry white tea)
1/2 cup sugar
Frozen berries, just to place above the panna cotta
1. Open the can of lychees and pour the lychees and syrup into a food processor. Process until smooth. There will be a lot of bits of lychee flesh and pulp, strain into a measuring cup until you get 1 cup of clear liquid. ( Tip : do not throw the bits of lychee flesh and pulp, could put it in the berry ice cream!)
2. Place 3 tbsn. cold water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the top, let sit while you do the next step.
3. Combine the lychee liquid, cream, milk, vanilla paste and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and it just comes to a boil.
4. Remove the lychee mixture from the heat and add the gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is fully melted and combined. Divide mixture among glasses and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
5. To make the jelly, place 3 tbsn. of cold water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Let sit while you do the next step.
6. Combine the pomegranate juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat on medium, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the gelatin and stir until fully melted and combined. Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.
7. Make sure the panna cotta is set, place a few frozen berries on before pouring the jelly mixture over and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
For the berry icecream (adapted from Jamie Oliver) :
500g pack of mixed frozen berries, do not thaw
lychee flesh and pulp (from straining the lychee juice)
3–4 tablespoons runny honey
500g tub of natural yoghurt
1. Put the frozen berries and lychee flesh and pulp into the blender and the add the yogurt and honey and whiz until smooth and combined.
2. You could use it immediately, or place it in a bowl and freeze until needed.
Not that difficult aye? Give it a shot and let me know how you go! (:
ps : Please be patient when pouring the jelly mixture on top the panna cotta, make sure the panna cotta is set well. If you see mine, there is a rim of white cream around the top, haha it’s because I was overly excited! 😛