This Milk Tea Panna Cotta takes inspiration from brown sugar bubble tea, the famous confectionery drink from Taiwan, but without boba.
I am back sharing another recipe to complete my Tea Panna Cotta Series. Today’s recipe is inspired by the popular beverage from Taiwan, brown sugar bubble tea since I craved this drink a lot lately. I think there is no better than incorporating my favorite drink with my favorite dessert panna cotta. That’s how I came up with this Milk Tea Panna Cotta recipe.
This Milk Tea Panna Cotta is created by infusing black tea into the cream mixture and drizzled with brown sugar syrup for the finishing touch. It tastes smooth and creamy in every bite with bitter earthy black tea flavor and complex caramel flavor from brown sugar.
What is Brown Sugar Bubble Tea?
If it is one thing that I cannot get enough of here, it is bubble tea. Bubble tea is a dessert drink originally made with Taiwanese black tea, milk, sugar syrup, topped with chewy tapioca pearls. In recent years, bubble tea has come out with a lot of variations, and brown sugar bubble tea is one of them.
If you are completely new to the bubble tea game, have you seen those cups with caramel streaks inside the cup and milk tea inside? If you don’t, I think you are missing the good stuff.
Choosing Tea For Milk Tea Panna Cotta
Good quality tea is essential here because it is the primary flavor here. The best kinds of tea to use are those that have a robust flavor since you will infuse the tea with milk and cream. These black teas tend to have a full body and strong flavor that can stand up to the addition of other things without being lost in the noise. In many cases, milk also helps soften the hearty, slightly astringent character of these teas, resulting in a mellower cup of tea without as much bite.
I used Assam loose black tea for the recipe, but any strong tea will work. I also prefer making this with loose tea since it is more flavorful and stronger than tea bags.
More Tea Dessert Recipes
If you don’t know, I have tons of tea dessert recipes on my blog. Check also these out!
- Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies
- Matcha Panna Cotta
- No-Bake Thai Tea Cheesecake
- Eggless Matcha Tiramisu Cake
- Earl Grey Burnt Cheesecake