Coconut and Muscovado Sugar Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit Compote

I’ll better start with some explanations. I haven’t abandoned my blogging, although it might recently seem like that. I am sort of on a maternity leave taking care of my new baby girl – a 10 week old Doberman puppy. She is a handful, but also an amazing joy. There’s almost no sleep for me nowadays. As for the puppy, she naps briefly giving me very little time just to fix simple meals for my family and no time for baking at all. I apologize profusely for my absence here lately and for a delay in replying on your e-mails and answering the questions. I’m planning to dedicate an upcoming Saturday entirely for this purpose. And once our girl is housebroken and doesn’t require constant supervision, I’ll post way more often, that’s my promise.

Obviously, the recipe below would suit fine people in the situation like mine – who don’t have much time or/and energy for lengthy dessert preparations. The recipe makes more fruit compote than needed for a topping, but it keeps for a couple of days in the fridge and tastes great over plain yogurt for breakfast or just on its own.

For the panna cotta:

  • 2 tbsp light rum
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 ¼ tsp powdered gelatin
  • 400 ml coconut milk (1 can)
  • ¼ cup packed light muscovado sugar (use more if your yogurt is very sour)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Seeds from ½ vanilla bean (reserve the bean)
  • 1 ½ cups whole fat yogurt

For the tropical fruit compote:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ reserved vanilla bean
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ¼ cup white rum
  • 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, finely chopped
  • 1 small papaya, peeled, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 ripe but firm mangoes, peeled, finely chopped

Make the panna cotta:

Pour the rum and water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over. Let soften for a couple of minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk, sugar, salt, and the vanilla seeds. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. Remove from the heat and whisk in the softened gelatin; whisk until the gelatin dissolves. Set aside.

Place the yogurt in a large liquid-measuring cup (a spout will make it easier to pour later) and whisk to lighten the yogurt. Gradually, whisk in the hot coconut milk-gelatin mixture. Divide the mixture equally between 12 4-oz bowls, glasses or ramekins. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Using a slotted spoon, pile the fruit compote over the top of each panna cotta and serve.

Make the fruit compote:

In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, vanilla bean, and lime zest. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Take off the heat, stir in the lime juice and rum. Transfer to a lidded glass or stainless steel bowl (large enough for all chopped fruits), cool, then refrigerate until cold. Add the chopped fruits, stir gently to combine, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to a couple of days.

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16 Responses to “Coconut and Muscovado Sugar Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit Compote”

  1. A sweet puppy! That is a delightful dessert!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Kuechenpsychologin on June 18th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Aww, she’s so cute, look at those paws! But what’s that with her ears? Were they truncated? Poor, poor girl. Please tell me she’s still got her tail, at least…

    On other news, this will be my first try at panna cotta. I’m looking forward to it!

  3. Your baby is adorable!!! And so are the little glasses of pannacotta. I bet the moscovado sugar and the coconut milk go delicious together!

  4. Oooh absolutely gorgeous!

  5. what a cute pic of the dog!! your recipe is wonderful. I have often wondered what I could make with muscovado sugar…now I know.

  6. What a cute pup! Love her paws:) I also love the Chocolate Ricotta Loaf Cake-YUM! I’ll have to try it!

  7. Cute dog ….and the pics are cool….delightful ….looks yum

  8. OMG, is she ever cute!

  9. Adorable puppy and yummy dessert! I can’t wait for the day when I’m afforded enough time to take care of a puppy so I can finally have a dog. And this panna cotta looks and sounds like a dream. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. super yummy and super cute puppy. I always wanted a doberman !

  11. Thank you, everyone, so much for the kind words, for your complements to my little girl. It makes me so proud :)

    Kuechenpsychologin, the puppy isn’t “poor”, she is loved, adored, organically-fed, very happy and crazy-energetic.
    As for her ears… and the tail (she doesn’t have any, just a very cute tailless butt), it was a package deal. The most reputable doberman breeder in our area who breeds for health and temperament wouldn’t sell the uncropped puppy, since she believes in preserving the original doberman look. I don’t mind floppy ears, but I also don’t think that cropping is an animal cruelty. In our case, it was done under general anesthesia by the best surgeon in town. She peacefully naps during regular retaping procedure, that’s how gentle we do it. And, by the way, the cropping greatly reduces risk of ear infection and improves sharpness of hearing.
    I hope I didn’t offend you by my reply, but I couldn’t help myself. I get this “poor girl” line way too often.

  12. I think she’d be way cuter with her ears and tail intact. She looks mutilated, because… oh yeah, she is. The “original doberman look” is the one she’s born with, i.e. including ears and tail. Let’s be honest here, you didn’t have this done to her for her health or hearing. Otherwise, how do you explain having her tail removed? You probably know that dogs without tails have greater problems communicating with other dogs. So you now have a disabled dog. Whether you believe that that’s cruel or not doesn’t matter. She does. Thank God you got a discount, that’ll make her feel much better.

  13. >I think she’d be way cuter with her ears and tail intact.
    Thank you for your opinion.

    >She looks mutilated, because… oh yeah, she is.
    No, she isn’t.

    >The “original doberman look” is the one she’s born with, i.e. including ears and tail.
    By “original doberman look” I meant the way the breed was intended to look like.

    >Let’s be honest here, you didn’t have this done to her for her health or hearing.
    As I said I didn’t do it, it wasn’t my choice.

    >Otherwise, how do you explain having her tail removed?
    See above.

    >You probably know that dogs without tails have greater problems communicating with other dogs. So you now have a disabled dog.
    “Greater” is an exageration. “Disabled” is nonsense.

    >Whether you believe that that’s cruel or not doesn’t matter. She does.
    Then your opinion doesn’t matter either, right? Let’s leave it to the dog, shall we?

    >Thank God you got a discount, that’ll make her feel much better.
    What discount are you talking about?

    I don’t want to turn this page into the ear cropping discussion thread, so if you have something else to say about this – please email me, don’t post here.

  14. I’m sorry Vera, I know you asked people to stop discussing the cropping of dogs ears, but I just can’t wrap my head around how rude people are. J, who do you think you are to call someone elses special new family member “mutilated.” It seems to me like you are reading between the lines, trying to take out the worst in whats been said. I’m quite sure Vera stated that it wasn’t her choice to crop the dog at all, so then… where do you get the nerve to tell her that her dog is mentally disabled, and mutilated? With that much effort, you may as well contact the Doberman breeder personally, and give them the speech, instead of a loving lady, who is truly trying to give this dog everything possible. I’ve had the pleasure to meet this little darling, and she is everything but disabled. Vera spends more time with her, then any dog lover that I know. She feeds it organic food for crying out loud. So please, do a favor, and keep your crude comments to yourself, they are quite unnecessary. ps. Take a look at a champion breeders book; Dobermans are cropped.
    And Vera, don’t take such things to heart. Some people just don’t know what they are talking about. Lexis is beautiful.

  15. Vera I’m sorry about all the hurtful comments you’re getting! But that is one beautiful girl. I’ve always wanted a dog, Mom would never let me get one. Maybe when I’m living alone!

    And I agree, panna cotta is a perfect quick dessert. I made some recently too!

  16. I am in love with your new baby!! I have had several Dobermans in my life. They are a wonderful breed. Congratulations! =]


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