Ice Coffee Panna Cotta is my take on Thai Ice Coffee. Panna Cotta is a great dessert for when you are having people over for dinner. It is easy to make and you can make it ahead of time.
I loved this dessert, Mr M however hates it. not because it is not nice! (because it is) but because he had to eat it about 10 times before I got it right. I was trying to use agar agar as a setting agent and just could not get it right. it was ether too soft or rock hard. In the end I had to go with gelatine.
This dessert is my interpretation on my memory of Thai Ice Coffee.
Thai Ice Coffee is very different from the ice coffee you get in the west. The coffee is very strong, sweet and full of flavour, poured over ice then the cherry on the cake is that it is topped with condensed milk. althought I think that might be how my mum made for me. If you were ever to visit Thailand please make sure you try one
To serve 4, you will need:
For the panna cotta
1, sheet of gelatine
100ml, double cream
100ml, sweetened condensed milk
1tsp, vanilla bean paste
For the granite
2 single espresso or strong coffee about 100ml
Make the panna cotta by soaking the gelatine sheets in cold water.
Place the condensed milk, cream, milk and vanilla into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring regularly making sure the mixture does not stick to the pan.
Squeeze the water out from the gelatine and drop it into the milk. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved and mix in well with the milk.
Pour the mixture into 4 espresso cups, leave to cool then chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Make the granite
Stir the sugar into the espresso and leave to cool. Once cool pour the mixture into a small shallow container that will fit in your freezer and freeze.
Stir the mixture with a fork every 15 minutes or so, until it has turned into ice crystals but not ice cubes.
This should take about 1 hour. If it has gone hard take it out from the freezer 10 minutes before serving and flake with a fork.
Spoon the coffee granite on top of the panna cotta and serve.
Note: English is not my first language. Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors.