{Recipe} : vanilla bean panna cotta with summer berry jelly and lychee granita.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Whilst I love an Australian summer, its heady melange of heat and humidity makes dessert options when entertaining a fairly meticulous task. I have been wanting to make this delightful confection of panna cotta, berry jelly, and lychee granita for quite some time since sampling a similar version at Little Truffle because its flavours are so seasonal and light on the palate. Moreover, I am a highly visual person and I love how its presentation evokes everything I love about summer - vibrant colours, fresh berries, and gorgeously dainty florals!

For the panna cotta, I used David Leibovitz's recipe (the half-and-half version); an absolutely obligatory recipe for any discerning dessert aficionado's repertoire. Once it set, I layered it with berry jelly and then embellished them with a lychee granita I made in advance as well as a pretty scattering of red currants and edible flowers (both of which I acquired at Ferry Rd Market, but should be found in any fine fruit purveyor). The combination of the granita with the creamy tones and gelatinous lucidity of the jelly is the perfect foil to a sweltering summer's day and I'm looking forward to experimenting with even more whimsical versions of this theme (think, coconut milk panna cotta and mango granita!).

Much love, Mandy. xx


  1. Such a pretty dessert! Bet it tastes delicious :)


  2. this looks absolutely amazing!

  3. this looks so yummy! i just want to taste it :o

    love, annick from http://only4feet9.blogspot.com

  4. AWESOME!!!!

    new post


  5. Oh my, this looks absolutely mouth watering. Since it's winter here in Europe, I'll definitely be saving this post and waiting another 6 months to make it in summer!

    Victoria. X

  6. Hmm, thats looks good!!!

  7. Wow Mandy your skills in the sweets and baking category are outstanding and delicious! The mere thought of panna cota, berry jelly AND lychee granita has me salivating lol! It looks utterly heavenly - especially for a hot, Australian summers day!

    Have a great weekend lovely,

  8. The most beautiful desert I have ever seen!
    I need to try this!
    Hope youre having a lovely summer! Its meant to snow here tomorrow eeee!
    Would love to follow each other on bloglovin and GFC?
    Let me know and I always follow back!
    Lots of love from London
    Love G xx


  9. oh my, Mandy, you certainly have talent in the kitchen ;) I haven't had that dessert but I would definitely love to try because it looks like a real piece of art. very beautiful :) and I'm sure it tastes as delicious as it looks!

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  10. This looks deliciou and beautiful! The flowers are such a great touch!

  11. Omg this is the most beautiful thing ever! Definitely one to tackle this summer :)


  12. What a pretty dessert! And a cute blog you have here!
    Would u like to follow each other? Let me know :)


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