Coffee panna cotta recipe without gelatin

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This coffee panna cotta is a creamy dessert with a strong coffee flavor and vanilla notes. It is easy to make, and if you like to drink your coffee with cream and sugar, this is a nice dessert for you. Like an iced coffee, but better. By the way, grab this easy panna cotta recipe to make for romantic evening!

Coffee, coffee, and again coffee

I’m a great fan of coffee, are you too? Not the person that drinks hundred cups per day… I prefer my morning to start with a good cup of quality coffee. But it can start with creamy espresso panna cotta too, why not? Make it in the evening, it will set overnight in the fridge, and you can enjoy it in the morning instead of coffee with milk!

coffee panna cotta

Coffee panna cotta toppings

I decided to serve this coffee panna cotta in martini glasses, decorated with coffee beans. Coffee beans are optional and you may not eat it. But to my mind, it is a beautiful “straight to the point” decoration. Additionally, you can decorate this dessert with some chocolate spirals, whipped cream or top with some berries and mint leaves.

What is panna cotta dessert

This dessert will look great on any celebration as well as romantic evening (or maybe romantic breakfast?). And it has such a beautiful name, makes a restaurant feel… Well, don’t tell anyone, but it’s translated from Italian as “boiled cream”.

Panna cotta without gelatin

I made this coffee panna cotta with agar agar, which is an excellent alternative to gelatin. Agar-agar is suitable for vegetarians. It is made from red marine algae, it is almost as strong as gelatin and doesn’t add any specific taste or color to the final dish. So this is vegetarian panna cotta recipe! To make it vegan, just substitute regular milk with coconut milk.

You can prepare this dessert in advance and it can last for a couple days in your fridge (if you can resist it so long).

Check also our Rhubarb and strawberry mousse made with agar agar!

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Coffee panna cotta without gelatin
Prep Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

This coffee panna cotta or espresso panna cotta is a creamy dessert with a strong coffee flavor and vanilla notes.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 2
Author: Cooking Journey
Ingredients
For coffee panna cotta:
  • 4 tbsp strong brewed coffee (espresso)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 200 ml / 6,7 oz heavy cream
  • 5 g / 0,2 oz agar agar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 coffee beans
Coffee layer
  • 100 g / 3,5 oz strong brewed coffee (espresso)
  • 2g / 0,7 oz agar agar
  • 2 tsp demerara sugar
  • 6 coffee beans for decoration
Instructions
  1. Place cream, coffee, sugar, vanilla essence and coffee beans in a saucepan. Stir on a low heat until it becomes warm.

  2. Add agar agar and stir on a low heat for 2 minutes. Leave in the same pan to infuse for 5 minutes.

  3. Strain the mixture. Pour cream and coffee mixture into prepared glasses and leave them in a fridge for at least 1 hour until it sets.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare top layer. Heat coffee with agar-agar and demerara sugar for 2 minutes. Let it cool a little.

  5. Pour the coffee layer on the almost set panna cotta layer and leave it in fridge until everything sets completely (about an hour or less)

  6. Serve, decorated with coffee beans.

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