Black Sesame Panna Cotta

08 Apr

I bought some black sesame spread at 99 Ranch because I wanted to try it on toast (the stated purpose for it). It was OK on toast, but not quite something I wanted to enjoy often. But I hate to waste food, so I kept looking for recipes that called for black sesame in order to use it up. I had also always wanted to make panna cotta, so this recipe worked quite well. As is visible in the picture below, the paste didn’t mix evenly. Probably using powder per the recipe would work better – the photo on the original recipe site has lovely distribution. However, the flavor turned out fabulously, and I will definitely make panna cotta again.


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp agar agar [I used a packet of plain gelatin]
  • 2 tbs black sesame powder [I used black sesame spread]
  • 1/4 cup honey [I didn’t use this topping, the panna cotta itself was plenty sweet]


To combine
Make sure you do not bring the milk and cream to a boil. Keep the heat low.

  1. Bring milk and cream to a simmer.
  2. Add sugar and stir a few minutes till sugar dissolves.
  3. Sprinkle agar agar into milk mixture and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add black sesame powder and continue stirring for two-three minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes.

To set

If you are using the silicone mold, steps 1 and 2 are unnecessary.

  1. Rinse glass ramekins in cold water and do not dry. Or, you can use silicone molds to produce either standard-sized panna cottas or tiny bite-sized panna cottas.
  2. Pour the black sesame cream mixture into the ramekins or molds.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight.

To serve
You can garnish the black sesame panna cotta with a simple green herb in addition to the melted honey, or you can choose to dress it with fresh fruits or even liquor-soaked fruits.

  1. Place the bottom of the ramekins in hot water.
  2. Run a knife along the edge of the panna cotta to loosen it.
  3. Flip the panna cotta out on a plate. If you are using the silicone mold, you can just pop the panna cottas out.
  4. Melt the honey and drizzle over the panna cottas.

–Recipe courtesy My EpiKorean.

My unintentionally triple-layered panna cotta:


Posted by on April 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Black Sesame Panna Cotta

  1. Nathalie (@anathemalie)

    April 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    When I scraped out a vanilla bean to slip into a coconut panna cotta I tried one time it distributed very similarly – I think there’s a way to stir it while it’s setting so it disperses a bit, but I still think it looks kinda cool this way.

  2. Emily

    April 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Oh, vanilla coconut PC sounds good!


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