The perfect no bake summer dessert a combination of zingy lime with a flavour burst of strawberries
This is a perfect summer dessert, both in terms of flavours but also the fact that it does not require you to slave over a hot oven.
I am making it for Christmas this year, as I have a single oven which will mostly be occupied with a roast lamb leg. Not needing to rush to get a cake in there definitely helps! It is also a great make-ahead dessert so let’s me focus on the main course on the day. All you need to do is chop up the strawberries just before your guests arrive and let it macerate for a while.
Let’s talk about the panna cotta itself. This one is made with a much higher ratio of milk to cream, which means you get more of a wobble, but still sets quite good. The lime in the recipe is subtle, but adds a nice bit of sharp flavour to an otherwise smooth and silky dessert. The fresh strawberries help to balance out the sweetness and add a nice fresh contrast to the creamy texture of the panna cotta.
I adapted this recipe from Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh.
LIME PANNA COTTA
- 3.5 gelatine leaves
- 500ml full cream milk
- 500ml whipping cream
- 150g caster sugar
- peel of 7 limes
- 60ml lime juice
- baking spray to line your moulds
- Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl, cover generously with cold water and leave to soak.
- Combine the milk, lime peel and sugar in a medium pot and place over a low heat.
- Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the heat to medium-high heat. As soon as it comes up to a boil, remove the pan from the heat and let the lime peel infuse for an hour.
- Remove the gelatine from the water and squeeze out the excess water. Add the gelatine into the milk. Set aside to cool until tepid.
- Place the cream into a bowl and strain in the milk mixture, followed by the lime juice and mix.
- Grease six, moulds with the cooking spray and pour the mixture into the moulds. Cover with cling wrap and let set in the fridge overnight to set.
- 200g strawberries
- 2 teaspoons of icing sugar
- squeeze of lime juice
- Roughly chop the strawberries, an hour or so before serving. Sprinkle over the icing sugar and lime zest, stirring to combine.
- To unmould the panna cottas, dip the mould in luke-warm water for a few seconds, place a plate on top of the mould and then flip the plate over. The panna cotta should easily release.
- Spoon the strawberries over the panna cotta and serve.
Recipe by adventureswithsugar.com