Friday, September 21, 2012

Strawberry Vodka Coulis + Creamy Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

As I am kicking my heels off, feeling really exhausted after a long day; the thought of just plopping myself down on the couch, sipping a glass of Strawberry Daiquiri, made with vodka and catching some shut eye sounded very much like heaven. Then all this reading and talks about cocktails over at The Boys' Club since their blog officially launched got me thirsty. Instead, of a drink, I suddenly was left craving for something creamy and satisfying, with minimal cleaning up, fresh, and easy to make. Join me and party this weekend with delicious STRAWBERRY VODKA COULIS topped with more fresh Strawberries over a light creamy VANILLA BEAN PANNA COTTA. A versatile recipe. If you could dream it, you will be able to make it.

If strawberries are no longer in season, frozen berries will do, or replace them with Peaches or Apricots. May not be a coulis but a thick jam or sauce definitely compliments this creamy melt in the mouth panna cotta. This treat could be served on a plate by sliding the panna cotta out of the glass or just serve it straight up in a glass. No worries about spilling over and still classy.

I think strawberries, vodka, vanilla and cream signifies a perfect couples treat or even a girls night in, sitting in front of a TV watching some chick flicks clad in PJs. What I love about it is that amongst those cliche treats, Panna Cotta served with Coulis sounds rather sophisticated and sexy too. Not only it's easy on the pocket, without having you to break a piggy bank to impress; and it sure is indulgent. Now isn't that's a great way to start the weekend?

Strawberry Vodka Coulis & Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta
by Chic & Gorgeous Treats

*Makes 4-6 individual shot glasses
*Vodka can be omitted, for child friendly treat..
*If you worry there are lumps form, sieve the panna cotta mixture.
*Panna Cotta can be made a day in advanced, but needs to be covered tight with a cling film
*Drizzle coulis and top with fresh strawberries when you are ready to serve.
*Serve immediately.

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta
2 teaspoons gelatin powder
1/4 cup caster sugar
2/3 cups milk
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Strawberry Vodka Coulis
125g fresh strawberry and extra for garnish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 cup water
1-2 tablespoons Vodka (optional)
1/4  teaspoon Red food colouring


1. In a small medium saucepan, sprinkle gelatin and sugar over combined milk and cream.
Stir over low heat, without boiling until the gelatin and sugar dissolve.

2. Add in the vanilla bean paste. Strain into a jug, let it cool slightly to room temperature
before pouring them into prepared glass. Pour about 2/3 full.

3. Chill for 3-4 hours or until panna cotta is set.

4. Meanwhile, in another medium deep saucepan over medium heat, prepare sugar syrup
by adding sugar and water together. Let it boil for a couple of minutes or until sugar has
completely dissolved. Add fresh strawberries and lemon juice, and cook for about 5 minutes
or until strawberries starts to turn mushy. Turn heat down to low and let it simmer for another
2 minutes. Take strawberry syrup off the heat, let it cool slightly then transfer to a blender.

5. Blend the strawberries along with 2/3 cups of the syrup. Press blended strawberries through
a sieve to remove seeds. Stir in vodka, and feel free to add extra sugar syrup, vodka or lemon
juice according to taste. To serve, drizzle or ladle coulis over panna cotta, top with additional
diced strawberries. ENJOY!

Have a happy weekend y'all. 



  1. Hey Joanna,

    Awesome job! You must know how that vanilla bean and strawberries are my favourite. Yours look so yummy!!! :))

    Have a great weekend!

    Pei Li

  2. This looks so refreshing and mouth-watering .... I LOVE panna cotta!
    Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Strawberries are coming in season here, so I could recreate your recipe in a few weeks. Looks absolutely heavenly by the way! ;)

  4. I love this recipe:) It sounds and looks so delicious. I am going to try your kid friendly version this weekend. Thanks for the great post!

    1. Kid friendly version is always great.. I tend to make them that way, but I thought why now jazz it up by adding some booze and to kick start last weekend. LOL.. Hope you enjoy this Panna Cotta recipe Geraldine, it's really good, if I say so myself. Cheers

  5. I think this panna cotta and I can become best friends, LOL! Wish I can grab it now.


    Very nice addition of vanilla bean paste and the vodka sounds so so good. I adore panna cotta so this is truly calling to me Jo :)

    Hope all is well with you Jo and keep it coming!

    chow! DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors

  7. Great job. I've made panna cotta only once before and I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of preparation.

  8. Way to satisfy a craving my friend, this looks perfect as a treat after a long day :)

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru, it sure was. Last week was a crazy week.. Well most weeks are crazy too, but last week was just crazier. See how many "crazy" I used in a sentence, cause I think I am nearing there. LOL..

  9. Oh YUM! What a gorgeous Panna Cotta! I do love topping panna cotta with spiked fruits so your coulis really catches my eye and makes me want this!!!!

    1. Thanks mjskit! This panna cotta recipe is certainly a keeper. Make it all the time with the same recipe and all my friends or family will fight for the last cup. Hehehe..

  10. This is complete perfection, Jo! Love the fruity and creamy combo!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I have always LOVE the creamy feeling of panna cotta and serving them with some thing fruity or with additional kick like vodka, rum, port or wine. Hehe.. a little too soon or early to think about a drink eh? Oh well.. Have a good week ahead. xoxo

  11. Hi Jo, I'm sure you've gotten plenty of comments by now for your amazing Panna Cottta treat with the Strawberry Vodka Coulis...oh boy, that humongous photo of the berries, when I clicked on the 'read more'...nearly knocked me off my computer How in the world did you manage 3/4 Tbsp of vodka, when 1 Tbsp would do the trick?...just love, love this creative and totally yummy dessert!
    BTW-I did a shout-out and linked you on my latest post, do stop by to say 'hello!'
    Biggg Hugggs,

    1. Hi Eli! LOL.. you are too funny.. I thought it would be a perfect next photo to remind us of those beautiful juicy berries. Oh! Gosh.. thanks for clearing that up, I didn't realize I typed 3-4 tablespoons when I meant 1-2 tablespoons. I have not gone and corrected it back. THANK SO MUCH for your sweet lovely shout out. Till then.. have a wonderful week ahead!! xoxo, Jo

  12. this is so creative and looks absolutely delicious! yum!

    1. Aww.. thanks Jenn! I am loving your latest post, Cheddar Drop Biscuits. Yummilicious. Can't wait to make them this weekend. Have a great week!!

  13. This is spectacular, I love how pretty it is. Girl you need to give me photography lessons. Stunning!

    1. Heheh.. You are too kind Kim! There's so much more to learn on food styling and photography. I guess I just can be lazy at times. I should really work on my styling and composition too. More to go my friend. But I wouldn't mind if we all start teaching one another. Who knows you might know a nifty trick that I dont ;). xoxo

  14. Luscious combo :) so beautiful as always ;)

  15. I think this would do the trick just as well as a cocktail. Mmm, wish we still had some good strawberries. Will have to wait a few months. Love the shot of the strawberries and doughnut peaches. Hope you had some time this weekend to kick off those heels. Will miss you in S.F. this year, hopefully next year.

    1. Next year is in my list ;) and hopefully it materializes. Will keep you posted. Have a good week ahead Gina dear!! Huggss

  16. Oh my, what a gorgeous Panna Cotta!! LOVE the topping, yum!!!

    1. Thanks Tanja and so glad you popped over. Will be coming over to check out your blog too. Have a good week and stay in touch. Cheers!

  17. Jo, these are absolutely gorgeous! Just a spectacular dessert!!

  18. Ah, Jo! My knees go weak feasting my eyes on the luscious strawberry coulis atop the oh so creamy panna cotta! I could polish off a few shot glasses of those with no guilt whatsoever :)

  19. Beautiful-looking panna cotta! You made it an adult version with strawberry vodka coulis - a cocktail dessert! We should have a separate category for this!

  20. This has all the right ingredients, a wonderful dessert! Perfect for the spring that has just started here.


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