Who doesn't love to slurp the leftover milk from their favourite cereal in the mornings? I have taken the sweet milk from soaked cereal and turned it into a creamy panna cotta that is both nostalgic and delicious. You can use your favourite cereal for this recipe and the same method will apply. Served with a tart raspberry coulis, cereal crumb and fresh berries, you can wow your friends with this inventive dessert at your next dinner party! You will need 4 X 150ml capacity dariole moulds for this recipe.
Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour to soak the cereal
Cook time: 20 minutes
Setting time: Minimum 4-6 hours
Creates 4 panna cottas
Cereal Milk Panna Cotta:
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to grease
300ml/10 fl oz. double cream
300ml/10 fl oz. whole milk
250g/9 oz. cereal (I used Cornflakes)
Few drops of vanilla extract
60g/2.5 oz. of light brown sugar
2.5 bronze leaf gelatine
38ml/1.5 floz. water
25g/1 oz. granulated sugar
125g/4.5 oz. frozen raspberries
Lemon juice squeeze to taste
60g/2.5 oz. cereal
1 teaspoon of light brown sugar
Fresh berries such as raspberries, blackcurrants and blueberries
1. Heat oven to 150 degrees C (130 degrees C fan) and spread the cornflakes for the panna cotta and the crumb onto a tray. Bake until nicely toasted, after approximately 10-15 minutes.
2. While still warm, add 250g of the cereal for the panna cotta into a bowl with the cream and milk and allow to soak for 1 hour.
3. After 1 hour, strain the cereal milk into a saucepan - press down on the cereal to ensure you extract all of the liquid. Discard the cereal (or eat it!).
4. Place the 60g of toasted cereal for the crumb onto a baking tray lined with silicon paper. Crush lightly with your hands and dust with 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar. Set aside.
5. Cut 4 discs of silicon paper to the size of the bottom of the dariole moulds. Brush the inside of the 4 dariole moulds with oil and a pastry brush. Place the discs inside the mould and then brush with oil again. This will assist you in removing the panna cotta from the moulds after setting.
6. Soak the gelatine leaves in water for between 5-10 minutes before using.
1. Add the light brown sugar to the cereal milk in the saucepan and place on the hob on a gentle heat. Scald the milk, which means to warm the milk enough so that small bubbles rise to the edges of the saucepan. Stir the mixture to allow the sugar to melt.
2. Once scalded, remove from the heat and add the soaked gelatine leaves. Whisk into the mixture until fully dissolved and then strain through a sieve into a jug.
3. Add the vanilla extract drops to the mixture.
4. Divide the mixture into 4 dariole moulds and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
5. Place the water and granulated sugar for the coulis into a saucepan and warm over a gentle heat until the sugar is completely melted. This mixture is known as a sugar syrup.
6. Once dissolved, turn the heat up and let the mixture boil for 2 minutes. Allow the sugar syrup to cool a little.
7. Meanwhile, place the frozen raspberries into a blender with half of sugar syrup and blend until smooth.
8. Add lemon juice and the remaining sugar syrup to taste, until you are happy with the level of sweetness and tartness.
9. Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds and refrigerate.
10. Place the dariole moulds into a bowl full of warm water. Hold the moulds for 5 seconds into the bowl to help release it.
11. Place the mould upside down onto a plate and with a firm grip, shake the mould and plate together, do this three times. The panna cotta should fall out easily. If it does not, repeat the process by holding the panna cotta into the bowl of warm water for 5 seconds, and then shaking it onto a plate again until it comes out.
12. Remove the silicon disc. Drizzle raspberry coulis on top and the side, and crumble some of the cereal crumb on the side.
13. Finish the dish with fresh berries as garnish. Serve immediately.