Passion fruit pannacotta step by step




Health benefits of passion fruit

The passion fruit is also known as maracuyá, it has a sweet-tart, tangy, and highly aromatic flavor. There a different varieties, from yellow to purple. This fruit is rich source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron. It also high in pectin, antioxidantes, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.

This fruit has relaxing properties, it helps to prevent heart attacks because it regulates blood pressure, it prevents stomach cancer, reduces bad cholestrol levels, detox the body, and improves digestion.

In the traditional medicine, beacuse of its soothing effects, passion fruit is used for treating anxiety and nervousness, against head and muscle aches, and to treat flu symptoms.

Getting the fruit

This plants grows pretty well where I liv

e, because of the nice, warm and rainy weather. However, the fruit is very hard to get if you don’t own a plant. Passion fruits are not sold at supermarkets. Here because it’s a rare and unknown fruit, and in other countries because it’s a tropical and hard to get fruit. However you may find the pulp at som

e supermarkets, maybe frozen. Here I haven’t seen it.

Sometimes, I’m able to get it at some local markets, but just when it’s season. It’s also common as a gift from some friends that own a plant

. In México you can easily get the plant from greenhouses at Veracruz, Michacán and Morelos. The fruit it’s also sold at this points when it’s season.

There was once a plant at my parent’s house. It was so worthy that my mom used to collect the fruit and make with the pulp “aguas frescas” and desserts like this one. If it was too much pulp she made a syrup with it and froze it. This way we had “maracuya” or passion fruit all the year long.


Unfortunately, one day my dad hired a bad gardener that killed the plant, thinking it was weed. Can you believe it? Since then, there are no longer “agua de maracuya” or “maracuya panacota”. As I mentioned before, this fruit is hard to get. Sometimes my parent’s cook get some fruit at her town. Some days ago she brought me some of them and I used to prepare my mom’s famous passion fruit pannacotta.

Nothing tastes like the delicious, tangy, sweet and aromatic tropical passion fruit flavor. However, if you wish to prepare this dessert, and you don’t manage to get some passion fruit, you may substitute it with any sweet and sour acidic fruit, like pineapple, kiwi, blackberries or even mango or raspberries. Each time you prepare a pannacotta, try a different one. All of them are great!

Step by step recipe

Passion fruit mousse
Serves 6
A delicate sweet-tart and creamy dessert
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  1. 1 cup passion fruit pulp
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1 envelope gelatine (0.25 oz/2 tsp)
  5. 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  6. 1/3 cup sugar
  1. In blender or food processor, puree passion fruit pulp until smooth.
  2. Pour off into a sieve over a tiny pot.
  3. Add in sugar and stir with a wooden spoon over low heat until a syrup is formed. Set aside and let it cool.
  4. Meanwhile, dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup of water and let it thicken for a few minutes.
  5. Pour evaporated milk into another pot and heat stirring until tiny bubbles start to appear.
  6. Wisk in dissolved gelatin, the remaining sugar and 1/3 cup of passion fruit syrup.
  7. Pour the mixture into individual molds and chill overnight.
  8. Unmold and top with passion fruit syrup.

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