Most of us have already enjoyed “panna cotta” dessert at least once in our lives. A Northern Italian recipe based on fresh cream and a few other ingredients that gently blend into a delicate and delicious dessert.
Today we invite you to try a variant of this vegan dessert made with coconut milk and the addition of Agar Agar, a thickening agent of vegetable origin instead the common jelly of animal origin. If you are not familiar with this product extracted from certain red seaweeds, I invite you to check on this article: “Agar Agar: what is it, uses and benefits“.
Unlike fish glue, Agar Agar must be cooked at high temperatures for a few minutes to activate its gelling power, solidifies in a short time at room temperature, and will also satisfy your vegetarian friends!
- 800ml of any preferred vegetable drink (I used coconut milk)
- 10 g of agar agar powder
- 150 g of sugar
- 1 vanilla berry
- Fruit, sugar and water for making the syrup
- Fresh fruit or mint leaf to garnish
- Begin by pouring your vegetable milk into a saucepan on the fire, while opening the vanilla pod and scrap the seeds inside the heating milk.
- Wait for it to warm up to melt the agar powder and your preferred natural sweetener or sugar, warmly heats up and mixes from time to time until it begin to boil.
- At this point lower the flame and keep on stirring continuously for 5-8 minutes, until the Agar Agar is completely dissolved and the drink will be slightly thickened.
- If lumps are formed, mix with the blender, then go to the sieve if necessary. Pour it into cups to refrigerate for a couple of hours. Serve every panna cotta with a tablespoon of syrup and fresh fruit to garnish as in the picture.