Pannacotta Affogato


Here is a cheeky little dessert for the grown ups.  In essence, it is a vanilla pannacotta with a coffee and Frangelico syrup.  I am a big fan of pannacotta.  It takes minutes to make, can be made the day before, is fail proof, tastes absolutely fab and looks real posh.


When I was contemplating making Maggie Beer’s baked vanilla custard with coffee jelly for friends, I searched for a coffee dessert in Eat Your Books and narrowed down the results to two.  I ultimately decided on Maggie Beer’s recipe but I still had this guy at the back of my mind.  So when next an opportunity presented itself, Pannacotta Affogato it was.

Just one note.  The coffee syrup is very sweet so watch how much you give each person.

The recipe is by Valli Little.  It appeared in the May 2010 edition of Delicious Magazine.


For the pannacotta

  • 600ml thickened cream
  • 200ml milk
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 3 gold-strength gelatine leaves (I don’t really understand the classification of gelatine leaves.  I used 10g of ordinary gelatine leaves and found the pannacotta to be a little firm.  Next time I will use 8g.  Read the instructions on the pack of your leaves and err on the size of soft rather than firm:  you do not need to turn this pannacotta out.

For the coffee syrup

  • 1 cup strong espresso coffee (I made a plunger coffee three times as strong as I would drink it.)
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  •  cup Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)


For the pannacotta:

  1. Place cream, milk, sugar and vanilla pod and seeds in a saucepan over low heat.  Stir to dissolve sugar.
  2. Bring to just below boiling point, then remove from heat and stand for 15 minutes to infuse.
  3. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for a few minutes to soften.
  4. Gently reheat the cream mixture over low heat.
  5. Squeeze the gelatine to remove excess liquid, then add the leaves to the cream and stir until dissolved.
  6. Cool slightly, then strain and pour into six latte glasses.
  7. Chill overnight.

For the coffee syrup:

  1. Place coffee and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened, then remove from the heat. (I added a couple of teaspoons of instant Clearjel to thicken the syrup.  If you don’t have any Clearjel consider mixing two teaspoons of cornflour with a little of the coffee and then stir it in.  Stir until the mixture boils and thickens.)
  3. Allow to cool completely then stir in the Frangelico
  4. Pour the coffee syrup over the pannacottas just before serving.
  5. Top with roasted hazelnuts or chocolate coated coffee beans or a hazelnut chocolate – all would be glorious.
  6. Serve with a wee glass of Frangelico.



29 thoughts on “Pannacotta Affogato

  1. could not buy gold leaf gelatine for love nor money until found it in the deli at the Sydney Fish Markets (obvious place to look for it I know but…) will try this recipe using gold leaves of gelatine, sounds very yum. Just back from the snow and -13 wind chill, lucky you having a heat wave.

    • Hi Robyn. The weather is glorious here but it is supposed to be winter. We have had virtually no rain this year. grrrrr… If you make this dessert you can reduce the gelatine a little. Since it is served in a glass it does not have to support itself and I always think less is better when it comes to gelatine. Deli at the fish markets??? Why not 🙂

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  3. Sorry, it’s been so long but I’m finally catching up slowly with my blogging friends. This was the first one I looked at and I think it’s just what the doctor ordered! Okay, maybe he didn’t exactly say “you should have Frangelico”, but I do love a little sip now and then.

    • Hi Diane, Welcome back. How did the operation go? I hope all is well with you. This dessert is so simple, your husband could make it for you 🙂

      • The operation was very successful and I was only in the hospital for 3 days. I have a nurse and physical therapist visit me twice a week and was doing so well with PT that when we had a beautiful day, I took my walker, called Lola, and went for a walk up the street and around our cul de sac. Well I guess I overdid the exercise and ended up loosening the joint and back in bed for a few days until it calms down. It’s just silly little exercise that doesn’t seem like much but I guess after a year of not walking, I don’t have the muscles to support the joint. I’ve learned my lesson, frustrating as it may be.

  4. Hi Girls having a fab time. We are staying at Barn Hill for another week and then into Broome. Going fishing this morning at aborginal community Bidyadanga. Could be my first fish caught this trip. The rain has finally stop and its beautiful up here. Hope all is well love Me & Her and the very red dog xxx

    From patti

  5. Yummo! This sounds seriously good Glenda, I love plain ol’ vanilla pannacotta, adding the coffee syrup on top is a great idea. Stephanie Alexander in her Cook’s Companion tries to clarify the gelatine variations. It’s by far the clearest explanation I have ever seen

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