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Monday, March 9, 2009

cà phê sữa đá panna cotta (vietnamese ice coffee panna cotta)

this technically constitutes as a repeat item because i first made coffee panna cotta last summer. however, this time, i put a bit more effort and thought into the process. it turned out well, but maybe with this weekend and the loss of an hour already, it wasn't the best thing to be taste testing at 10pm, thereby postponing bedtime by a few hours.

to me, cà phê sữa đá or vietnamese ice coffee is the ultimate pick me up. the condensed milk at the bottom of the cup, and hot black coffee slowly dripping on top of it. mix it all together and pour over ice. the sweet bitterness of the drink never fails to remind me of hole in the wall pho restaurants; and usually brings to mind the smell of cigarettes and men milling around small tables.
use real butter had a pomegranate lemon panna cotta that used yogurt and had a lovely swirl design to it. i used that for inspiration.

Picnik collage

cà phê sữa đá panna cotta
inspired by use real butter

sữa (milk) panna cotta
1 1/2 cups milk (i used 2%)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup of plain non-fat yogurt
1 packet of unflavored gelatin

gently heat the milk and condensed milk. when warm, sprinkle gelatin and set aside, until soft. stir in the yogurt until well incorporated. pour into glasses, but not all the way, but to desired amount. refrigerate, keep remaining panna cotta on stove. it won't set totally and when you're ready to pour in the next layer, gently reheat.

cà phê gelatin
i didn't pay attention to the exact measurement, probably about 3 cups of strong black coffee. i used cafe du monde.
1 tbl brown sugar (optional)
1/2 packet unflavored gelatin

sprinkle gelatin into coffee (it was not piping hot but it was fairly warm). when dissolved, add the brown sugar and stir well. when the panna cotta has firmed sufficiently pour in the layer of the cà phê gelatin. alternate layers etc.

to be fancy, like use real butter, i tilted my glasses. shall i say, it was a pain in the ass. the swirly layers came out pretty so i'm not really complaining.

Picnik collage


today's song: keane, somewhere only we know




10 comments:

  1. Those swirls totally made the pana cotta look so fancy. Worth the work, I say.

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  2. OMG! i LOVE THIS! This looks so good! I already love Ca Phe Sua da, but this is just so eloquent. BTW, I dedicated a post to you and a few others, thanks for the post.
    Cheers.

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  3. wc - i agree, it was def. worth the effort in the end. i think this is going to be a dish i'll make often.

    hw - thank you. you should def. make this too, it's really easy but looks impressive.

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  4. OK, FYI, it is SO annoying that I can't get to your site during the day anymore because I read your posts in my reader and want to comment, and then I forget later on.

    Excuses, excuses... point is: I love this! I already know I like panna cotta, but who knew it could look so beautiful!?

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  5. shannalee - it's so great being able to come up with layering designs once you have the panna cotta recipe down pat. :)

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  6. I followed this exactly, but it didn't work for me at all. I had to triple the amount of gelatin in the coffee to get it to set up. It took FOREVER for the layers to set up in the fridge - all day for 2 layers. I ran out of time and had to ditch it.

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  7. anonymous, I AM SO SORRY! i wonder what happened? the gelatin usually forms so well and i like it on the softer side. i would think 1.5 packets would be sufficient.

    please don't be turned off of this dessert, panna cotta in general is just so good.

    i'm going to try this again soon and hope to take better pix. i'll double check the recipe and instructions.

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  8. I followed this exactly, but it didn't work for me at all. I had to triple the amount of gelatin in the coffee to get it to set up. It took FOREVER for the layers to set up in the fridge - all day for 2 layers. I ran out of time and had to ditch it.

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  9. shannalee - it's so great being able to come up with layering designs once you have the panna cotta recipe down pat. :)

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  10. that is SO intense. Great patience. Great work. stay angry.

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