Matcha-Poppy Seed Panna Cotta

Match-Poppy Seed Panna Cotta
3h 35 min
8 servings

This unique Panna Cotta shows that matcha and cream are an ideal pairing: the rich cream softens the matcha’s bitter edge, bringing out its sweetness.  Here, a little sugar and gelatin help set the two into a tender custard, served with bright strawberries and kiwi and topped with poppy seeds for crunch.



tsp unflavoured powdered gelatin (one 1/4-ounce packet)
tbsp matcha tea powder, such as Kenko or The Republic of Tea, sifted
cup plus 2 tsp, sugar
cups half-and-half
tsp vanilla extract
strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
kiwis, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
tsp poppy seeds



Special equipment: eight 4-ounce ramekins

Step 1

Stir the gelatin and 2 tablespoons cold water together in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, whisk together the matcha powder and ½ cup sugar in a small saucepan until no large lumps remain. Pour in ¼ cup of the half-and-half and whisk until it forms a smooth, thick paste. Pour in the vanilla and 1 more cup half-and-half and stir until smooth. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cream just begins to simmer at the edges and the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the saucepan from the heat and immediately whisk the gelatin into the hot mixture until it dissolves. Pour the remaining half-and-half into the saucepan and stir until evenly combined.

Step 4

Using a ladle or liquid measuring cup, pour the matcha cream into eight 4-ounce ramekins. Refrigerate the ramekins until the cream is firm, about 3 hours.

Step 5

Meanwhile, place the strawberries in one small bowl and the kiwis in another. Evenly divide the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar between both bowls, toss to coat the fruit, then let stand for 15 minutes.

Step 6

To serve, briefly dip the bottom of each ramekin in a bowl of hot water for 10 to 15 seconds to loosen the panna cottas. Invert each panna cotta onto a small serving plate, spoon the strawberries and kiwis around the sides and sprinkle each lightly with the poppy seeds before serving.

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