Coffee Syrup with Panna Cotta

My purchase of some antique sterling demitasse spoons sent me a on search for small desserts to show off my new treasures. I have been obsessed with espresso since my daughter and son-in-law gave me a Nespresso D300 for a milestone birthday. When I saw an article on coffee desserts in a recent issue of Donna Hay’s fabulous magazine, I knew the recipe for Coffee-Syrup Panna Cotta would showcase my new demitasse spoons and also, satisfy my coffee obsession.The demitasse spoons were in a new shipment of antique silver which had just been recently displayed in a glass case at the entrance of a large antique store where I always find something unique to use in my food photography. I passed up a matching set of twelve demitasse spoons for eight different spoons, some engraved with an initial on the handle and one even had the name “Cara” engraved in the bowl of the spoon. Was “Cara” a name of someone or did it mean “dear one” as in the Italian word? I’ll never know but in my mind’s eye, I can conjure up many different pictures.But I digress—.Panna cotta is a soft-set creamy delicious mix of cream, sugar, a flavoring of some sort and gelatin. It’s beautiful served with fresh fruit, berries especially, and can be made several days in advance which makes it a great dinner party dessert. With Coffee-Syrup with Panna Cotta, you can have your dessert and coffee at the same time.Ingredients1 teaspoon powdered gelatin1 tablespoon milk1 cup (8oz) single cream (half and half)1 cup milk, extra1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extractcoffee syrup1/4 cup (2 fl oz) prepared strong coffee liquid or espresso1/4 cup (55g/2oz) caster (superfine)sugarTo make the coffee syrup, place coffee and sugar in small saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened some and syrupy. Set aside and allow to cool.In a small bowl, pour milk over gelatin and let stand 2-3 minutes. Place remaining ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add the softened gelatin to the cream mixture and whisk to combine. Allow to cool. Pour the coffee mixture into six 1/4 (2 fl oz) cup capacity and slowly pour over the panna cotta mixture. Refrigerate 4-6 hours or until set. Makes 6. I added a small shot of coffee liqueur to the panna cotta mixture.You can use all half and half or a combination of cream, half and half or sour cream such as 1 cup cream, 1 cup sour cream, etc.Recipe from Donna Hay Magazine, Issue 33.



  1. Ali-K
    September 23, 2007 / 10:41 am

    Ooooo, so jealous of those spoons.

  2. skrockodile (
    September 24, 2007 / 4:11 am

    I just saw your photo submission to the SLW group and was going to comment there but I clicked through and got drawn in by your post! I am a big fan of Donna Hay’s get sucked into cooking her recipes because of how beautiful her food photograhy is. Your photo is beautiful and your spoons are very romantic – you are making me wish I had a nice set of silver (especially with a history)

  3. gigi
    September 25, 2007 / 8:13 pm

    Lobe it all! I loved the spoons and the shot glasses with the panna cotta.

  4. Kate
    September 26, 2007 / 12:15 pm

    OMG Lynnylu , all this silver ware is beautiful, oh i wish how i could have them all ! And the desert fit just fine. Very classy looking .

  5. Jeena
    September 26, 2007 / 4:30 pm

    Hi there you have a great blog,lovely recipes. Feel free to visit my blog too 🙂 Jeena xxClick Here For Food Recipes

  6. Lynnylu
    September 27, 2007 / 8:07 pm

    ali-k-thanks, I love the spoons and will add to my collection soon.skrockodile-thanks for reading my blog after seeing the photo in our SLW group on Flickr. Also, thanks for your comments on the spoon photos, etc.Gigi-thanks, also. Your cupcakes are really great looking.Kate, thanks-I love the silverware and the older pieces are so beautiful and have a gorgeous patina.Jeena, thanks-will check out your blog.

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