Coconut Panna Cotta

Coconut Panna Cotta

Are you looking for a light dessert? I may have a recipe for you.

This is the kind of dessert you can make quickly, then place in your fridge until it is set.  When you serve it, people will think you are a total genius.


Coconut Panna Cotta came to me in a very strange way. Many years ago, while dining at a restaurant, I hated the food I had ordered. Have you ever had one of those moments when you regret making the wrong choice?  Well, I decided to find something on the menu I might like better, and I found a Coconut Panna Cotta. I fell in love with it and have been in love ever since.


No wonder why this is Lynne’s number one suggestion when her callers are wondering how to end a great meal.


Why should you try this? Because you will love its richness and simplicity so much you may not want to share it with your family.




Coconut Panna Cotta


Coconut Panna Cotta

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, March 2009


Total time: 5 hr (includes chilling)

Serves 6




  • 1 1/4 cups boiling–hot water
  • 1 2/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (1/4–ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt

You’ll also need:

6 (5–ounce) ramekins


In a blender combine boiling–hot water and coconut. Blend well, about 30 seconds and set aside for about 5 minutes (please be careful with hot liquids when using a blender).

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large glass measuring cup, pressing on solids until you have about 1 cup coconut milk.


Add cream and milk to coconut milk (you’ll need a total of 3 cups).


Lightly oil ramekins.  In a small saucepan combine gelatin and water, let soften 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring, until gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine cream mixture with sugar and a pinch of salt and heat over low heat, stirring, to make sure the sugar is dissolved.


Divide among ramekins and chill until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.


When you are ready to serve remove them from the ramekins by dipping them into a bowl of hot water for just a minute or less.  With a sharp knife loosen the edges and turn each panna cotta out onto a serving plate.


Serve with your favorite chocolate sauce, fruit or fruit sauce.


Coconut Panna Cotta


coconut panna cotta