Do you have empty PET bottles at home? Don’t discard them! Instead, use their bottom parts as a mold for pretty gelatin or agar based desserts: the shape looks like a flower!
Since spring is blossoming at the moment, I suggest trying this easy recipe for delicious d strawberry panna cotta. Panna cotta is a popular Northern Italian sweet that literally translates to “cooked cream”.
It’s served chilled and is, therefore, a perfect dessert for warmer seasons. The classic flavoring is cream and vanilla, but in this rendition, I opted for coconut milk and strawberry instead.
Recipe for Strawberry Coconut Panna Cotta in a PET Bottle Mold (serves 6)
6 empty 500ml PET bottles with a flower shaped bottom, for example, Schweppes
250ml coconut milk (Not to be confused with coconut water! Can be substituted with cream and vanilla essence to get a more classic panna cotta.)
4 Tbs sugar
9g sheet gelatin = 5 sheets
1 cup finely pureed strawberries, sieved
First, prepare the molds. Cut away the bottom part of the bottles and wash them thoroughly.
Heat coconut milk and sugar in a pan and stir.
Meanwhile, soak the gelatin sheets in a bowl with cold water for 3-5 minutes.
When the sugar has dissolved, turn off the stove and add the drained gelatin. Stir until it melts down.
Add the mixture to the pureed strawberries and whisk together until it’s well incorporated.
Pour the liquid into the prepared PET bottle molds. Cover the molds and let the panna cotta set in the refrigerator overnight.
To unmold, loosen the edges with a knife and then dip the mold in a bowl of warm water for a few seconds. Be careful not to dip in for too long, the panna cotta melts easily.
Turn the mold over and place it on the serving plate. Shake gently until the panna cotta releases.
Panna cotta is commonly served with fruit coulis, but since this version is already quite sweet in itself I decided to add plain cold milk. It complements the flavour and acts as a nice colour contrast.