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‘Looks like an egg until you take a bite and discover it’s a panna cotta flavoured with coconut and tropical fruit – devilishly clever and decidedly delicious.’ Heston Blumenthal
FOR THE COCONUT INFUSION
600g whole milk
90g desiccated coconut
FOR THE PANNA COTTA
13.5g gelatine leaves (about 7 sheets)
140g coconut infusion
60g caster sugar
FOR THE FRUIT CURD
180g essential Waitrose Pure Exotic Juice
180g egg yolk (about 10 yolks)
180g whole eggs (4 medium eggs)
90g caster sugar
180g unsalted butter, softened
50-100g mixed fruit such as pineapple and mango cut into small dice
Mint leaves, finely sliced
Freeze-dried strawberries, made into powder
1. Pour the milk in a pan and simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the coconut and cool to room temperature. Cover and place in the fridge for 12 hours.
2. Pass through a fine sieve reserving the liquid and discard the leftover coconut.
3. To make the panna cotta, place the gelatine in a container with cold water and allow to soften for a couple of minutes. In the meantime, place the coconut infusion with the sugar in a pan over low heat. Squeeze the excess water from the leaves and add to the pan.
4. Stir the liquid until the gelatine has melted. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and place in an iced water bath to cool the mixture down until it reaches 20ºC.
5. Pour the mixture into egg-shaped moulds* and place in the fridge for a couple of hours or until set.
6. For the fruit curd, place the juice in a pan over medium heat and allow to come to a simmer. Meanwhile, mix the egg yolks, whole eggs and sugar, then pour into the pan and whisk until thickened, stirring constantly. Place the mixture in a container over an iced water
bath and allow to come to 40ºC.
7. Remove from the ice and whisk in the butter, a little at a time and mix until fully incorporated. Chill in the fridge. Remove the panna cotta eggs from the moulds and place on a platter. Mix the fruit curd with the pineapple, mango, mint and passion fruit. Using a warm melon baller, remove some of the panna cotta from the egg (where an egg yolk would be) to make room for the fruit curd.
8. Spoon some of the fruit curd mixture with the chopped fruit and spoon into scooped-out hole on the panna cotta. Finish the eggs by adding a couple of drops of lime juice and sprinkle on some of the freeze-dried strawberries.
*Available in specialist cookery shops
Typical values per serving:
This recipe was first published in November 2014.