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Vegetarian Panna Cotta

debbiel Jun 24, 2014 05:57 PM

I am putting together a brunch menu for this weekend. I'm serving two desserts. I want to make a panna cotta to offer the gluten free guests, but I'd also like both desserts to be vegetarian. I know there are a few vegetarian options (agar, carrageen, vegan jel). What is your favorite? What are the pros and cons of the different options in terms of taste, texture, and ease of use?


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  1. Ttrockwood RE: debbiel Jun 24, 2014 07:59 PM

    Agar agar is the most common in vegetarian recipes, i've used it without any issues as well as a kosher gelatin that was also vegan (i forgot the name!) with same results.
    For the agar agar the powder or flakes make a difference in how much you use.
    This vegan (gf) coconut panna cotta was stupid easy and evaporated quickly at a party of omnis who could care less if there was dairy or gelatin. I used fresh raspberries and a drizzle of their juices as a topping.

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      EatFoodGetMoney RE: Ttrockwood Jun 25, 2014 01:29 AM

      That looks great I gotta try that.

      I'm not vegeterian and I always use agar in my panna cotta, I use a little xanthan too.

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        debbiel RE: Ttrockwood Jun 25, 2014 05:13 AM

        Ooh...I was thinking of making a coconut milk panna cotta. Thanks for the recipe!

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          Ttrockwood RE: debbiel Jun 25, 2014 07:21 PM

          Its actually really cheap too...! Canned coconut milk (organic) is way less $$ than you would spend on organic (or non organic) heavy cream and milk.

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            magiesmom RE: Ttrockwood Jun 25, 2014 07:43 PM

            And the texture is wonderful

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              debbiel RE: Ttrockwood Jun 26, 2014 09:02 AM

              Exactly! My only hesitance is that I was going to be featuring local ingredients at this brunch. I can get local milk and cream, not so much local coconut milk.

              But if I topped it with local berries....What do you think of coconut milk/raspberry combo?

              1. re: debbiel
                Ttrockwood RE: debbiel Jun 26, 2014 07:27 PM

                Oooooh! I think coconut milk and raspberries would be AMAZING.
                I would pay real $$ for that in a restaurant!

        2. MplsM ary RE: debbiel Jun 25, 2014 12:31 AM

          According to this Panna Cotta recipe from The Kitchn, Vegan Jel by Natural Desserts is the way to go. http://www.thekitchn.com/why-panna-co...

          Sadly - it seems impossible to find! Grrr. Sorry.

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          1. re: MplsM ary
            ninrn RE: MplsM ary Jun 25, 2014 07:16 PM

            A lot of Jewish-Kosher stores sell vegan gelatin-free "jel", with ingredients similar to those in Vegan Jel. Some brands are Lieber's and Bakol.

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            debbiel RE: debbiel Jun 30, 2014 03:46 AM

            The coconut panna cotta with raspberries (made with agar powder) was fantastic! Thanks for the help, all!

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