Picture of Creepy Coconut Kiwi Panna Cotta

I’m usually not one for gore. I hate scary movies (almost always). But if there was ever a time for a little gross-out fun it is late October. And I’m not such a scrooge that I can’t enjoy a little Halloween silliness. So why not make a good dish, while you’re at it? The elements of this dish are all natural: the white is a coconut panna cotta, the iris a cut fresh kiwi, the pupil is made of plumped raisins, and the blood is simply a raspberry coulis. The one element that is just for looks is the lens that sits on top of the kiwi iris (a little gelatin sheet). While it doesn’t really add anything to the flavor of the dish, it makes the eye look much more convincing. Plated in a different way, this dish could be a dessert for any night of the year.

Because you need the eyeball to hold it’s shape for this plating, I added a teensy bit more gelatin than I would normally put in a panna cotta. (I’d cut back by ¼ tsp. if you’re not doing the eyeball plating) To make the panna cotta have a more delicate texture for serving, you can leave it out at room temperature for a half an hour before serving. Then plate it with hot raspberry coulis and the gelatin will soften just a bit. You can make this dessert a day in advance, but decrease the gelatin quantity by 1/8 tsp, as the gelatin will continue to firm up as the dessert sits refrigerated.

This recipe, along with lots of other food-related nonsense is also posted at my blog, Kitchen Table Scraps.

Panna Cotta:
1/3 c. shredded, dried coconut (unsweetened)
¼ c. raisins or other dark-colored dried fruit.
1½  t. unflavored, powdered gelatin
1T.  rum (optional, substitute water if you prefer)
1 c. whole milk
1 c. coconut milk
¼ c. sugar
3 kiwis

1-2 c. frozen raspberries

1½t. gelatin
½ c. boiling water
1T. lime juice
1T. sugar

6 servings

½ c. mise en place bowls or half-sphere molds
melon baller
1½“ circle cutter
myrrhmaid10 months ago

This is amazing! I love it! So realistic!

SparkySolar10 months ago

This looks so real

I love it

Biffy621 year ago
Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to trying it.
Kdemon1 year ago
shaleradon2 years ago
you know this is a great instructable, but there is one main thing missing from this recipe. AN INGREDIENTS LIST WITH MEASUREMENTS! Please add one! it would be nice to know how much of everything to use.
kitchentablescraps (author)  shaleradon2 years ago
So strange-- I have no idea what happened to the ingredients list?! I can't believe that I left it out and no one commented on it for a year. I'm flummoxed. Whatever happened, I just updated the text to include the recipe.
farzadbayan3 years ago
I think it's possible to do that with a small pancake!
kitchentablescraps (author) 3 years ago
Thanks, again! LOVE all the puns. (Enough to make me roll my eyes)
e-gr2learn3 years ago
"TerrORiffic!" Great gustatory grossness! I'm keeping my eye/s open (pun intended) for more of your cleverness. Thanks for sharing your "eye-dia".
bonnibel3 years ago
This looks AWESOME! and DELICIOUS! Nice work :)
Ninzerbean3 years ago
Freaking amazing. I love this and thank you so much for sharing it.
Clever and oh so creepy
kitchentablescraps (author) 3 years ago
Thanks, guys! I'm pretty proud of how this one came out. Glad to spread the gory goodness :)
I'm not one for gorey food but this caught my eye...hehe, I love panna cotta and you really captured the eye look with an amazing sounding dessert!
CarlieBoos3 years ago
Very clever, I love it!
yngla3 years ago
Gross, but in a good way! Love it!
derte843 years ago
Love it!
St Jimmy3 years ago
I love panna cotta, this is possibly the best Halloween-themed Instructable I've seen!
madmax1233 years ago
zazenergy3 years ago
love this!
angelabchua3 years ago
oh, this is one of the best halloween spooky treats I have ever seen!

mikeasaurus3 years ago
Yikes, that looks really good!
WearJDV3 years ago
This is awesome! The eyeball looks so real in your picture. My halloween guests are going to love this. Thanks!