Chai Panna Cotta with Blood Orange Jelly


I’ve become a lover of citrus later in life. I never quite understood my mother’s fascination with citrus and why she would add it to every savoury dish and choose a citrus dessert over a chocolate one. I’m now beginning to understand her love of citrus and the way it can lift a dish and I now regularly add a touch or lemon or lime to almost everything.

Recently I decided I wanted to make a chai panna cotta and I found myself thinking that the spiced creaminess of the panna cotta would be offset beautifully by the fresh zing of a blood orange jelly. It seemed a perfect combination to me, both in flavour and for the look of the dessert.

I do have to admit that I used to be scared of trying dishes that required gelatine, worried that I would either overestimate or underestimate the amount of gelatine required. But since a successful rendition of Rachel Lane’s Persian Delight Jelly at Easter, my trepidation has eased.

Mum was over from Perth last week and so we had her over for dinner and a catch up. Knowing how she loves light desserts, it was the perfect opportunity to try out the chai panna cotta with blood orange jelly I had been concocting. I served up a fragrant fish and fennel pie to start and then served up these little jeweled beauties.

They were certainly impressive when winding their way to the table, and after first bite we all agreed that there was a great balance between the panna cotta and the jelly. A wonderful light and fragrant end to the meal!


  1. says

    I have not gotten to the point of citrus over chocolate BUT if they were competing in this dish competition I would have to choose the Cotta. This look amazing! I have never had but I have never even seen a version that looks as beautiful and as exquisite as this. Impressive photography my friend!!

  2. says

    You are spot on about zingy citrus pairing beautifully with creaminess. Some of my favorite desserts are just like that. Your panna cotta looks stunning, and delicious!

  3. mjskit says

    This is a unique beautiful panna cotta! First of all I've never seen panna cotta made with buttermilk and I love this idea! I also love the chai flavoring and then the blood orange – WOW! Absolutely gorgeous and delightful treat!

  4. says

    I am a huge Chai fan and that flavor combination sounds awesome. Plus that is one beautiful dessert. I love that it can be made ahead of time and looks so impressive!

  5. Chompchomp says

    Pannacotta is totally one of my most favourite dessert on par with creme brulee. Thank god its generally gluten free! I have never tried with blood oranges but can nearly imagine its taste on my palate thanks to your stunning pics!

  6. says

    mmm I've never made a pannacotta before. Now that I think about it I don't think I've made anything with gelatin in it! But I love the idea of the chai spice with the creamy texture and then tang of blood orange. Can I come over? 😉

  7. Liz says

    I love citrus too, it has come with age. Now I tend to squeeze it over everything. Your panna cotta looks really beautiful.

  8. says

    I've eaten a lot of panna cotta in my day and I don't think I've ever seen a variation of this dessert look so pretty. The color of the blood orange jelly against the cream colored panna cotta is gorgeous.

  9. Chewtown says

    Thanks for the lovely words Teri! Pannacotta cotta is wonderful – next time you see it on a menu, make sure you try it!

  10. Chewtown says

    I'm glad you agree Bel :) I also think it wouldn't have looked as impressive with just the chai panna cotta.

  11. Chewtown says

    Buttermilk makes such a difference in this. I hadn't tried one with buttermilk before but read a few panna cotta recipes that had it when I was researching this and knew I had to try it.

  12. Chewtown says

    It definitely is easier than it looks. I love a dessert like that. The best bit is you can make the whole thing in advance!

  13. Chewtown says

    Thanks Josh! I did used to love chocolate covered saucy desserts but as I get older, I think my palette has changed significantly. I almost always choose not chocolate desserts these days.

  14. Chewtown says

    Absolutely! Get yourself to Sydney and I'll make it for you :) I had never made anything with gelatine in it until recently, now I can't get enough of these sorts of desserts.

  15. Jane says

    I'm really excited about making this, but I'm wondering if you have any substitute ideas for blood orange? I'm not sure I'll be able to find any.

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