Soy Latte Panna Cotta

I recently discovered that I love (yes, LOVE) soy milk.  I am not lactose intolerant, and I have not stopped eating all dairy products.  I just really like the taste of soy milk.  More specifically, I like the taste of soy milk in coffee. Frozen soy caramel lattes are my favorite, but I also enjoy iced coffee, iced lattes, and assorted other drinks made with soy milk.  It’s all I can do to drive by a Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or a Sheetz (local convenience store that actually has real espresso drinks) without stopping and getting a soy latte!

So, when I saw that Brandy over at Nutmeg Nanny picked coffee as this week’s blogger secret ingredient, I knew that I would have to utilize soy milk in some way.  I have been meaning to make panna cotta for a little while now, so I decided that I would make a soy latte panna cotta!  It was somewhat of a science experiment, because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out using soy milk instead of heavy cream.  In the end, I think that the soy panna cotta had delicious flavor, even though it wasn’t quite as rich as it would have been made with the cream.  I think it turned out to be a healthier alternative, though – even with a little dollop of whipped cream and caramel on top!

Soy Latte Panna Cotta

  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 1 package powdered gelatin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • Butter (very small amount)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Caramel syrup

Pour 1/4 cup of the soy milk in a small dish and sprinkle the gelatin over the milk.  Let stand while preparing the rest of the soy milk.

Pour the rest of the soy milk into a small sauce pan.  Add the sugar and instant espresso. Bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve the sugar and instant espresso into the soy milk.

Once the mixture has come to a boil, remove from the heat. Add the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved in the hot soy milk mixture.  Pour the mixture into small ramekins or cups lightly greased with butter (I used two small espresso cups and two ramekins). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-8 hours (or overnight). Most panna cotta recipes only require refrigerating for 2-3 hours, but this wasn’t ready that quickly, perhaps because of my substitution of soy milk for cream.

Once the panna cotta is set, combine the heavy cream and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl, and whip until soft peaks form.

Slide a knife around the edge of each ramekin and invert the panna cotta onto a plate (or serve right in the ramekin or coffee cup). Drizzle with caramel and top with whipped cream.

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10 Responses to Soy Latte Panna Cotta
  1. Michael
    August 1, 2009 | 8:26 am

    You have a great site. I appreciate people who experiment in the kitchen. I do a majority of the cooking in our home. However, when my cooks and she is quite good I become the soue chef because she never wants to deviate from a recipe. So, i appreciate your comment” It was somewhat of a science experiment”.

  2. Nutmeg Nanny
    August 1, 2009 | 10:35 am

    Oh my goodness this looks divine! I’m so happy you made this…now I will have to try it:)

  3. jenn
    August 1, 2009 | 12:27 pm

    Nice!!! You know this would be great right about now. I’m in a need to a little pick-me-up at the moment.

  4. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    August 1, 2009 | 11:03 pm

    You’ve convinced me to try soy milk! The panna cotta looks and sounds delicious!

  5. Amrita
    August 2, 2009 | 1:04 am

    The panna cotta looks awesome! And with coffee too! I’ve always been a little iffy about gelatin, but I guess that’s how panna cotta goes!

  6. Sophie
    August 2, 2009 | 4:08 am

    Your panna cotta looks fenomenal!! I would use agar agar instead of the gelatine!!

    Looks very tasty!

  7. VetTech
    August 2, 2009 | 2:29 pm

    I can’t wait to try this…it never occurred to me to use soy!

  8. Figtreeapps
    August 2, 2009 | 7:37 pm

    What beautiful pictures…..this looks sooooooooooooooo good!Figtreeapps

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  10. Reeni
    August 2, 2009 | 9:04 pm

    What a gorgeous dessert! It turned out great!

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