Watermelon fig panna cotta

Watermelon are on sale, bought a quarter piece. I plan to make watermelon salad but change my mind like a whirlwind. I have not made panna cotta for a while. Just experimenting to see whether it will turn out perfect? Can’t decide whether to add figs. Well, I did as they don’t looks fresh anymore.

I find it hard to find gold gelatine sheets, and I don’t like buying online. All I have are the silver gelatine sheets but only 2 left. Well luckily I have gelatine powder. As this is trial and error, I only made two servings using gelatine powder, so my watermelon won’t be wasted if it didn’t come out wobbly and I have fresh watermelon to eat later.

I bought 6 small glasses. They looks so cute and cheap at IKEA. I am glad to experiment it using my new glasses. The colour of watermelon looks beautiful, and delicious. However, is not firm wobbly as I wanted but just set as I can add capsicums pieces on top. Next time it will be perfect, perhaps needed more gelatine and got to strain the puree, which I forgot. Let’s make panna cotta with a twist!!!


240 ml watermelon puree
4 figs, cut into bite size
12 g sugar
3-4 Tsp gelatine powder
1 Tsp vanilla extract (OPT)


Cut off watermelon rind and cut out about 10-15 pieces and put together with figs into Nutri Bullet with a bit of water and blend till puree. Sprinkle gelatine powder in 5 Tbs of cold water, mix well and set aside for 5-10 minutes.

Heat watermelon fig puree and sugar in pot. Do adjust the sugar if you feel watermelon fig is not sweet, add more. Bring to a simmer, not boil until sugar dissolved. Remove from hob. Add vanilla and gelatine, then stir to mix well. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Pour into glasses and chill for 6-8 hours or overnight until firm. Before serving garnish with some small cut pieces of green and yellow capsicums. You may use watermelon ball for garnish. Serve immediately.

Note: If you have gold gelatine sheets use 5 sheets. Do strain puree over sieve, I forgot to strain it. I suppose it’s ok. Do use more gelatine powder if you are using and if it still not firm.