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Panna Cotta with mango gelee

>> Thursday, December 01, 2011

{Celebrating summer}

Panna Cotta with mango gelee

It is mango time, again.

I cannot get enough of them! The mango season this year has been great, and they are so reasonably priced at the moment. Summer is finally here, you know?

In Vietnamese belief, mangoes are considered to have properties of heat. "Enjoy them in small amount", I could almost hear my mom's advice now. But I can hardly ever resist the fruits, with their distinct tropical sweetness and flavours. To the very least, I am trying to be more moderate by not picking boxes after boxes of mangoes...

Today marks the first day of summer in down under. I wonder where the sunshine is. Never mind, I have these pots of sunshine with me - panna cotta with mango gelee. The panna cotta is perfectly creamy and smooth. It pairs nicely with the tropical flavours of mangoes.

Panna Cotta #2

The colors are so beautiful! I like to present panna cotta in a glass or small milk bottles like this rather than inverting them onto a plate. Much easier this way!

PS: I got these bottles off eBay a while back. I haven't seen them around here...

Panna Cotta #3

Panna Cotta with mango gelee

The panna cotta recipe adapted from David Lebovitz

Printable recipe

Ingredients (for 6 small bottles size 125ml)
200ml milk
300ml cream
80g castor sugar
2.5 teaspoons gelatine powder
For the mango gelee 
2 medium mangoes
4-5 tablespoons sugar (depending on the sweetness of the fruits)
1.5 tsp gelatine powder

Method {I created the effects with mango gelee at the bottom of the jar}

Prepare the gelee first: 
Peel the mangoes and cut away the flesh from the seed. Puree them finely.

Add sugar to the mixture. Adjust the level of sugar depending on the sweetness of your fruits.

In the meantime, heat up a few tablespoons of water, wait for them to go back to warm. Sprinkle gelatine powder (2.5 teaspoon), and then whisk to thoroughly dissolve. Pass this mixture into the mango, stir to combine.

Divide the mango mixture into 6 bottles. Leave to set in the fridge before proceed to the panna cotta. (If you want the "angle" effect, put the bottles into an egg tray, tilt them a little).

Prepare the panna cotta
Heat the cream, milk with the sugar over low heat. Stir regularly until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Warm 3-4 tablespoons of water. Sprinkle gelatine powder (1.5 teaspoon), and then whisk to thoroughly dissolve. Pass this mixture into the cream mixture, stir to combine.

Carefully ladle the cream mixture into the pot. Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Serve chilled.


leaf (the indolent cook) 10:27 PM  

I too am enjoying mango season. I love the clean and pretty layers in this dessert!

OohLookBel 10:31 PM  

Even though I'm not Vietnamese, I totally get the 'heat' thing with mangoes. These panda cottas look delightful in those pots.


Being Italian somehow makes me strange to say that panna cotta is not on my top 10 desserts. However, that said...if I'd have a spoon close to your delightful preparations...I wouldn't hesitate to try again ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

Winston 10:59 PM  

LOVE that your jelly is split horizontally and can't ask for a more beautiful colour combo, the orange and white. Amazing stuff!! So many great mango ideas including yours, I'm uber excited now =D

My Little Expat Kitchen 11:44 PM  

Oh, I'm jealous. Here in Holland today is so dark it feels like nighttime!
Your beautiful photographs with those wonderful colors brought some sunshine in! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 11:59 PM  

Delightful! That is one refined and lipsmackingly good dessert.



Janine 12:36 AM  

love the little jars and how they are split horizontally too! and i do believe in the heaty-ness(?) aspect of mangoes - I finished off 3 yesterday and boy oh boy did i have a horrible headache today (might not be a link but my mom said it was due to heatyness :X)

Eri 2:04 AM  

Oooh, look at those little bottles! What a beautiful presentation! I'm not even a pannacotta fun but I want to eat this! Have fun!

Angie's Recipes 2:25 AM  

So pretty...almost too pretty to eat them. I love the clicks too.

Zara 4:00 AM  

Yummi written and presented (...lovely jars!)
I have the same mania for pomegranates and fresh figs ;), but mangoes i love, too! Thanks, bookmarked..:)

Plateful 4:37 AM  

My first though was, WOW! Yes, such an elegant dessert and amazing shots. Love it. totally!

Nami | Just One Cookbook 5:50 AM  

Oh how envious! I wish mango is all year around. Then maybe it's not such a special fruit anymore...but I don't care as long as I can enjoy them 24/7! Now these panna cotta looks SO cute and delicious. Your photos just make this dessert look even better. I love your presentation and styling. Perfect post!

mycookinghut 6:35 AM  

Your panna cotta looks yummy! Love it!

Jo 7:16 AM  

This looks delicious. Would love for you to come and share this with us over at

sliceofmylyfe 7:33 AM  

Such beautiful pics and looks very attractive.

I am yet to try panna cotta. You may have just inspired me.

Tina @ bitemeshowme 7:46 AM  

It looks fantastic, Anh! Definitely a summer treat. Though with the weather Sydney has been getting, you really wouldn't call it summer. It's definitely something I would LOVE to try myself :D

Cynthia 8:47 AM  

A most beautiful and delicious presentation my friend.

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy 9:53 AM  

This looks lovely! I love those little bottles you have used. Your pics are beautiful :)

Nic@diningwithastud 9:56 AM  

This looks delicious! I love your styling and the flavour combo is such a classic :)

Haniela 11:37 AM  

Hello! I just found your blog via Flickr and I love it.
I love your presentation here, and colors are amazing, I'm sure it tastes heavenly too.

Lisa H. 12:26 PM  

Anh... you had me at MANGO.
These are beautiful mango panna cotta. I have tried your gorgeous Mangomisu... and this will be next on my list :D

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen 1:21 PM  

Aw, I'm jealous! It's winter here and I could use a little of that sunshine right now.

Hannah 4:18 PM  

Aw so pretty! Me want, me want!

mjskit 4:22 PM  

What a beautiful panna cotta! I love the mango gelee and how you "assembled" this gorgeous dessert. Next to peaches, mangos are my favorite!

La Table De Nana 12:56 AM  

Oh..this may be my favorite:) I love how you shot this..and prepared it..

Marysol 1:32 AM  

I love both, panna cotta and mangoes, so it only makes sense they would be spectacular together.
And your wonderful photos confirm it!

The Café Sucré Farine 2:00 AM  

These photos are stunning! I am bookmarking this recipe to make for my family! Absolutely incredible!

Little Corner of Mine 4:14 AM  

How pretty is that! I love the little glass too.

iva | in my kitchen 4:58 PM  

Hi anh! can you believe I've never had panna cotta before! This looks lovely and I love mangoes, who doesnt? hehe

Soma 11:55 AM  

If mangoes are here, summer is def. here! Anh can't tell you how i love this dessert and the photographs; uplifting to the spirit and soothing and delicious. The jars are super cute!

Yuri 3:22 PM  

Mango is such a delicacy here in Japan and I wish I could eat it as much as I want anytime! Pretty colors in photos with a tiny flower.

Sukaina 5:32 PM  

Lovely jars. I just saw some Australian mangoes in the supermarket. I could smell the juiciness a mile away but they wre sooooo expensive...... :(

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul 5:44 AM  

Gorgeous presentation. And I totally know what you mean about mangoes! I need restraint as well!

Monet 11:41 AM  

What a wonderful dessert. We are having a rainy and cold day in Austin but I'm going to save this for our next sunny day. Thank you for making me smile (and my stomach growl!) I hope you had a blessed Sunday and I wish you a warm and peaceful week.

Yasmeen 12:25 PM  

Anh, you are nothing short of spectacular. This is absolutely gorgeous. So many flavors I love, too.

So, you mentioned you picked up some baharat? Awesome!! Where from - Sydney Rd?

chinmayie @ love food eat 1:27 PM  

These are so pretty! Lovely colours too...

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 5:03 PM  

Nice presetation! i just made mango pudding few days ago too..

Ann@Anncoo Journal 8:30 PM  

Stunning photography! I love mango and I'm I cannot get enough of this dessert too :)

msihua 9:04 PM  

Wow! Your pictures are so beautiful here! I love Mango puddings and I'm sure this mango panna cotta is just as lovely! Bring on summer!

An Open Book 9:38 PM  

oooh anh, i love love love all the pics. I have had terrible experiences with pannacotta. It looks perfect when i make it, but after it sits in the fridge to set it just becomes so dense and heavy and not light and jiggly :(

Shirley @ Kokken69 10:33 PM  

These are so pretty. Yes, Mangoes are 'heaty' - when I have too many of them, I get sore throat...

raquel 11:57 PM  

wow I think that is great gift for my friends this coming holidays. Looks really toothsome.

ChichaJo 3:09 AM  

These are gorgeous! Love the angle effect :) are lucky you have summer mangoes now! They are truly my favorite fruit!

Gloria 7:10 AM  

What perfect and beauty panna cotta with mango!:)

Christine@Christine's Recipes 4:09 PM  

Love summer time, we can enjoy lots of giant sweet, delicious mangoes! Beautiful pictures, Anh.

shez 5:44 PM  

I love how you've set the pannacotta on an angle. They're absolutely adorable. Now if only we could get some Summer weather to match!

Richa 12:00 PM  

the panna cotta served in these glass jars is so pretty.. its almost art that I wouldnt want to disturb!:) gorgeous!

Christy 3:02 PM  

Ooooh, what a lovely dessert, and I love how you served them in those cute little jars!:) Love the touch of flowers too in the presentation, just makes them so picture perfect;) 6:29 PM  

Mango in small amounts?! You must be joking!! What an amazing combination though, can't wait to try it!

Jamie 7:31 PM  

Wow these are so pretty. I need to do a winter version of this...

The Café Sucré Farine 4:24 AM  

Hello Anh, this post was so incredible to me, your photography amazing and the recipe so unique that I had to try it myself - it is WONDERFUL - I blogged about it today!
Thanks for this inspiration! I can imagine doing so many fun things with this in the future!

Amy 1:03 PM  

This looks so delicious and so beautiful!

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