Dessert | Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta … Mother’s Day Special – Delicious Creamy Indulgent

“Giving birth is little more than a set of muscular contractions granting passage of a child. Then the mother is born.”
Erma Bombeck

Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta … this is really delicious, creamy and special. Well anything that has the Indian king of fruits has to be special. Yes, it’s mango season and the markets are literally flooded with luscious fruit. This is just the beginning and it’s going to get better and better.

Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta So when I saw the Panacotta vanilla with passion fruit sauce @ Canela kitchen, I knew it was panna cotta time on PAB, the perfect dessert for Mother’s Day! I love the stuff my sweet friend Gloria from Santiago churns out, and this recipe was different from any I had seen before.

Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Who doesn’t love a good panna cotta, one of the easiest and yummiest desserts that the Italians offer the world? Infinitely versatile, beautiful to serve, eggless, make ahead … and oh-so-satisfying! It’s easy to run out of adjectives when trying to describe a dessert well-loved across the globe.

collageI’ve done several {read MANY} versions of this delectable dessert in the past. Some of my favourites are Bru Coffee Panna Cotta, Buttermilk Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries,  Strawberry & Tangerine Quark Panna Cotta with Oatmeal Florentines, Dark Chocolate & Orange Panna Cotta, Mousse-a-cotta, Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta and Saffron Caramel Panna Cotta … see didn’t I say M.A.N.Y.

Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta As you can see, Panna Cotta holds a really special place in my heart. I love how easily it comes together, how infinitely you can play with flavours and how stunning it looks. Use seasonal fruit, or a favourite liqueur to add some oomph, or just simple vanilla bean to tease the taste-buds. You could also try a dairy free version with coconut milk and cream. Mmmm…Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta 5The Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta was sublime, a celebration of all good things in life. It’s a good dessert to salute the toughest job in the world. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

Other Mother’s Day desserts on PABMother's Day Desserts Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise with Crème Chantilly & Balsamic Cherry Sauce
Espresso Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Pebbly Beach Fruit Squares
Cherry & Plum Crisp
Mini Quark Vanilla Cheesecakes with Balsamic Cherries

[print_this]Recipe: Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta
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Summary: Delicious, creamy, sublime, indulgent and simple, Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta is a great make ahead dessert option. Made with pantry staples, you can use any seasonal fruit that you like. Alternatively, make a vanilla bean panna cotta and serve with fruit on top, or drizzled with a fruit coulis. Serves 8-10

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes plus chilling

  • 50ml milk, lukewarm
  • 2tsp gelatin
  • 500ml low-fat cream {20-25%}
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk {approx 400ml}
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 mangoes, peeled, diced {approx 500g net}
  • Fresh mint to garnish


  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over lukewarm milk and leave to stand for 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Place the condensed milk, cream and scraped vanilla bean in a heavy bottom pan and whisk to blend. Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a bare boil. Take off heat and whisk the gelatin mixture in well. Strain and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Reserve 3/4 cup diced mangoes for topping. Divide the rest between the serving glasses. Gently pour the cooked cream over.
  4. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours {preferably overnight} until set.
  5. Top with the reserved diced mango and garnish with fresh mint.
  6. Serve chilled. {Keeps refrigerated for 2-3 days}


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  • mmm, I love panna cotta! Mango sounds like it would be awesome with it, I’ll have to save this for when I need a nice refreshing dessert. :)
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  • One of my favourite desserts too. Your pictures are always such a treat, especially today on Mothers day. I hope you had a wonderful day

  • 1 year ago

    awwww dear Deeba how amazing look your Mango dessert panacotta, maybe you know here we adore mangoes, especially daugther and for this sometimes I can make some desserts she only peel and eat.ha!
    Dear Thanks but yours look amazing!!!!
    I have to do with mangoes!
    Happy Mom´s day dear Deeba, you are the best:)))
    and a sweet friend of mine
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    • 1 year ago

      xoxoxo Gloria … Happy Mother’s Day to you. Thank you for sharing this beautiful dessert! Hopefully we will meet one day!

  • 1 year ago

    I would be really happy to meet you in person deeba. Sometimes I feel I know you all my life dear:)
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  • 1 year ago

    How lovely Deeba.. This deset is so delectable…
    I have never made a panacotta.. Its a sure try one.. looking at the varieties.
    Have you tried it making with agar agar ? Or is there any other gelatin alternative?
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    • 1 year ago

      Thank you Sandhya. No I haven’t tried making it with agar agar but I do see mixed results on the net. Maybe you can experiment with a fourth of the recipe to see how it works with agar agar.Some more info here

  • I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. This panna cotta is gorgeous, as well as all your other delicious versions.
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  • Ranjani
    1 year ago

    Fabulous pictures.. so tempting. For the cream, can i use Amul fresh cream ?

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