Delicious vegan pannacotta with passion fruit
The first time I attempted to make a vegan dessert featuring agar agar I failed miserably…. Instead of a firm pannacotta I ended up with a pannacotta puddle. Still tasted good but not exactly what I was going for. So I had to try again. To play it safe I decided to put the pannacotta in a jar and not in the normal moulds so in case of disaster it would still look ok. I shouldn’t have worried about that as the result was even a little too firm. So I still have to get the ratio of agar agar right. But I’ll get there in the end I’m sure.
Make it hot
You can actually see how firm it is if you look at the spoon contents in the picture above. When I use too much gelatine I hate the mouth feel. It becomes rubbery and disgusting. With agar agar that doesn’t happen quite the same way. It’s better in terms of edible quality. Another thing to keep in mind is that agar agar is much firmer in general but one thing to remember is that in order for it to set it needs to first be hot enough. That’s where I went wrong the first time. I used it the same way as I use the gelatin and that is not boiling the mixture.
Flavour is top!
In terms of flavour this is really good. I will definitely be making this again but will try a little less agar agar next time. It’s powerful stuff!
As we speak I am feeling a little under the weather. Massive cold, head full of cotton balls. That idea… Fingers crossed it will pass quickly as I have a busy week ahead. For now I give you the recipe. Enjoy!
- 500 ml coconut milk 2 cups. from a can
- 2 gr agar agar powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground fennel seeds
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 3-4 passion fruits
First mix the agar agar with 1 or 2 tbsp of the coconut milk and stir until it is smooth. Place the coconut milk with the agar agar in a small saucepan. Add the spices and the maple syrup and bring to the boil.
Leave to boil for about a minute and than pour into your preferred moulds.
Leave to set in the fridge for about 3 hours
Scoop the seeds out of the passion fruits and distribute over the pannacotta. Serve right away.