Coconut & lemongrass panna cotta with sweet chilli pineapple

Coconut & lemongrass panna cotta with sweet chilli pineapple

Michelin-starred and popular TV chef, Paul Merrett, shares his flavourful Coconut & lemongrass panna cotta with sweet chilli pineapple from his new book, Spice Odyssey.

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Serves: 6

220g dark chocolate

15g leaf gelatine

400ml coconut milk

320ml coconut cream

4 lemongrass stalks

100g caster sugar

grated zest and juice of 1 lime

4 tablespoons Greek yogurt

For the sweet chilli pineapple:

200ml pineapple juice

120g caster sugar

1 red chilli, deseeded, membrane removed and very finely diced

½ pineapple, cut into 1cm cubes

  1. Lay the gelatine leaves flat in a tray or on a plate and cover them with cold water. Leave to soak until they turn jelly-like in consistency. Set aside.
  2. Pour the coconut milk and coconut cream into a pan. Bash the lemongrass, a stalk at a time, using a rolling pin until it splinters into shards. Add to the pan and push below the surface of the liquid. Add the sugar and lime zest and juice and heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, remove from the heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, making sure you push through all the liquid. Discard the bits in the sieve. You now have a coconut-flavoured liquid, lightly sweetened and infused with lime and lemongrass.
  4. Squeeze the water from the gelatine and add to the hot liquid. Stir until the gelatine dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool a little and then gently whisk in the yogurt. Pour into 6 jam jars and chill in the fridge for 2 hours or until set.
  5. Remove the panna cotta from the fridge about an hour before serving to allow to soften very slightly. Also, the flavour is better if they are not eaten straight from the fridge.
  6. Meanwhile, make the sweet chilli pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice into a small pan and stir in the sugar. Heat to a simmer and cook until reduced by a third to form an intense pineapple syrup. Remove from the heat and stir in the chilli and pineapple. Chill in the fridge until required.
  7. Spoon the chilli pineapple over the coconut panna cotta, adding a little of the pineapple syrup as well.

These recipes were taken from Spice Odyssey by Paul Merrett, published by Kyle Books at £19.99.

Paul will be demonstrating his inventive recipes at Wealden Times Midsummer Fair’s Sew, Grow, Eat festival. See him in action in the Chefs’ Theatre, on Thursday 5 June...

Photographs: Jan Baldwin
Recipes Type: Puddings & Baking