Thai iced tea is one of my absolute favorites, and It’s such an easy drink to make at home. If you want an authentic Thai tea, I highly recommend you avoid the powder varieties or the ones with added sugar. They taste super artificial and are loaded with a bunch of sugar.
When it comes to Thai tea, I highly recomend using loose tea leave, or ones in tea bads with 0 added sugar/dairy. Going this route allows you to fully customize the type of dairy and amount fo sugar you'd like as everyone has different taste and preferences. One of my favorite brands that I typically see on the shelves is Wangderm, however you can use any loose thai tea leaves you wish.
I’ve been wanting to make this dessert for a while and it’s actually easier than it sounds. The best part about this dessert is that you only need a few ingredients and you can make it any time of the year. While recipe testing this, I found that when I used whole milk instead of half and half, it created 2 different colored layers!
Thai Tea Panna Cotta
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups whole milk or Half & Half
- 2 teaspoon gelatin
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup loose Thai tea leaves
- 2 tablespoon cold water
- In a pot or pan, heat whole milk on medium heat until it simmers. Once it simmers, turn off the heat and pour in the Thai tea leaves to steep for 5 minutes. Afterwards strain the tea and milk mixture and set it aside.
- Next put 2 tablespoon of cold water into a small bowl. Evenly sprinkle 2 teaspoon of gelatin across the surface of the water. Set aside and move on to the next step.
- In a pot or pan, pour 2 cups of heavy cream and combine it with ¼ cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar fully dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, cook it on medium heat until it simmers. Once it comes to a simmer, pour in 1 cup of the reserved Thai tea infused milk.
- *If you don’t have at least one cup of Thai tea infused milk, brew some more until you get 1 cup.
- Heat the milk and Thai tea mixture until it comes to a light boil. Next put in the bloomed gelatin and stir continuously until the gelatin dissolves. This takes about 5 minutes
- Once the gelatin has fully dissolved, strain everything into a container that makes it easy to pour. Straining ensures that we have a smooth panna cotta.
- Pick out you glass or bowl of choice and divide the mixture up accordingly. Let them cool to room temp, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight to set.