Foodie Friday – Pandan & Coconut Panna Cotta Recipe

Foodie Friday – Pandan & Coconut Panna Cotta Recipe

What happens when you add Malaysian flavours to a traditional Italian dessert? You get this super summery creation from Ping Coombes!

Panna Cotta Recipe


Pandan and coconut panna cotta with mango and pineapple

Panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert, and I’ve infused it with classic Malaysian fruit flavours. I serve it in kilner jars but you can of course use bowls or dariole moulds. I don’t like turning out panna cotta as it can be messy and I want to minimise the risk of it sliding off the plate! Adding the cream and coconut milk in stages makes the panna cotta lighter and fresher.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water and set aside for 5 minutes to soften.
  3. 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.
  4. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing the leaves with a wooden spoon to extract all the flavour and liquid.
  5. 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.
  6. Serve topped with diced mango and pineapple.

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

Malaysia Cover


Malaysia by Ping Coombes

Published by Orion in May 2016




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