Goat’s Cheese and Guava Paste Panna Cotta



Guava Paste Layer:

  • 3 white gelatine leaves (5g)
  • 150g guava paste*
  • 150ml water

Goat’s Cheese Layer:

  • 120g soft goat’s cheese
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • ½ cup (150g) sour cream
  • 2 tbs caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 white gelatine leaves, extra (5g)

Cashew Nut Crumb:

  • 60g unsalted cashew nuts, roasted
  • 1 tbs plain flour
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • ¼ tbs ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter, cubed

*Available from South American grocers or online


  1. For the guava paste layer, place 3 gelatine leaves in a bowl with water. Combine guava paste and water in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk for about 5 minutes or until guava paste is dissolved. Remove from heat. Squeeze out excess water from gelatine leaves and stir in with guava mixture. Distribute amongst 4 dessert glasses or ramekins and place in the fridge for 1 hour or until set.
  2. For the goat’s cheese layer, once the guava gelatin is set place 3 extra gelatine leaves in a bowl with water. In a medium saucepan combine the goat’s cheese, milk, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and salt and whisk over medium-low heat without bringing mixture to the boil until cheese is melted.
  3. Remove from heat, squeeze out excess water from gelatine leaves and whisk in the cheese mixture. Transfer to a jug and set aside for 15 minutes to cool slightly. Pour over guava paste layer and place in the fridge for 6 hours or until set. To unmold, carefully run a warm knife around the edge of panna cotta a couple of times before turning down onto a plate**.
  4. For the cashew nut crumb, pre-heat the oven 180°C, fan-forced. Line a tray with baking paper. Place all ingredients in a bowl of a food processor and process until nuts are roughly ground. Transfer to a bowl and rub the mixture with the palms of your hands until the butter is combined.
  5. Spread evenly onto the prepared tray and roast for 5 minutes, stir once and roast for a further 5 minutes. Serve crumbs with Romeo and Juliet Panna Cotta.

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