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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Kaffir lime pannacotta

 "  A very popular dessert, gets rave reviews whenever made. I love its  freshness, and the kaffir lime leaf flavour is subtle, irresistible and yummy. De-moulding it can be a challenge, so suggest setting it in pretty little dessert glasses or bowls, to be eaten directly. Do make a few extra as they are never enough ..."
 Servings - 6

Ingredients:

  • 200 ml full fat milk
  • 200 ml cream
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 tsp gelatin powder
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves (shredded by hand)
  • 1/2 lime juice ( juice  of 1/2 a lime or lemon)
  • 1 lime zest

Method: 

  1. Keep ready, 6 dessert glasses or bowls (for individual serving), or 1 big bowl 
  2. Combine the milk, cream and the coconut milk.Add the lemon zest, sugar and leaves and bring the mixture to a boil on a low flame
  3. Remove it from heat, cover and let it seep for 1 hour
  4.  Sieve mixture, removing the leaves
  5. Prepare gelatin as per instructions ( see note for how to prepare powdered gelatin)
  6.  Mix the gelatin in the milk mixture well (If you are using powdered gelatin, make sure the mixture is at the same temperature as the gelatin and mix a little at a time)
  7. Cool the pannacotta mixture to room temperature
  8. Add the lime juice, mix and pour it in the dessert glasses/bowls. Cover, with cling film and refrigerate them over night
  9. At serving time, decorate the pannacotta with a few fresh orange segments and enjoy

Notes: 

  • This recipe, can also be made without coconut milk. Just increase the quantity of milk and cream by 100 ml each
  • Make sure that you seep for 1 hour for maximum flavour  
  •  If you are using gelatin powder,the safest way to ensure the gelatin powder sets well, is to first soak the gelatin in 4 tbsp of cold water for 5 minutes.Then over a double boiler melt the gelatin till it is translucent and then use once its at the same temperature as the mixture
  • You could also set the pannacotta in moulds, and de-mould on a serving plate.
  •  To de-mould the pannacotta's, dip the molds in hot water for 2 seconds. Loosen edges with knife and turn over on the serving plate