Kalamansi, Coconut, and Passion Fruit Verrines

Recently, I've been drawn to the tropical and exotic flavours of Asia. This may be because the flavours are somewhat new to me and therefore exciting. It may be because during these cold months, I need something to brighten up my days.

Or it may be because I am going to the Philippines in 5 and a half weeks and I can't stop thinking about it!!

The flavours are new to me and I do need something to bring some life into these dreary winter days, but it's mostly the Philippines thing. This trip has been planned for about a year and a half now so I've been looking forward to it for that long. Now that it's into the single-digit-week-countdown, I'm so excited!! I been travelling around Europe and Africa a fair bit, but never made my way to Asia. It's going to be a completely new experience for me!

Oh, and did I mention it is a scuba diving trip? My dad has always been a big scuba diver and I thought it looked like such fun. I went scuba diving for the first time when I was about 11 and I absolutely fell in love with it. That first dive was in the Cayman Islands and only lasted about 30 minutes, but it stuck with me. My dad regularly goes on dive trip to wonderful and exotic places like the Maldives, Belize, Bali, and other places around Indonesia. I've been wanting to go with for ages, but with school and jobs and this and that, it was never in the cards for me.

But for my 21st birthday last year, my dad gave me this trip as my gift! And then for my 22nd birthday, he paid for my scuba diving certification class! As of last week, I am a certified open water scuba diver! I had to do five dives here in Vancouver and I have to say that while it was cool seeing the west coast ocean life, I am soooo looking forward to not being frigidly cold while diving in the Philippines.

The trip is going to be filled with diving and napping and eating. We only have a week and a bit there, so unfortunately we are not going to see any cities or other sites. We're going to pack as much diving into the trip as possible and in between all the dives, there are lovely hammocks in the shade and food to be eaten (but not those duck embryos, thank you) and naps to be had. 

Whether or not you are going on a tropical vacation in the near future, these verrines can be almost as good. Just crank up the heat in your place, get a cool drink, and put on your bikini, it'll be just the same....sort of.

Kalamansi, Coconut, and Passion Fruit Verrines

Passion Fruit Gelée

200 g passion fruit purée
8 g gelatin sheets, bloomed

Coconut Anglaise

230 g whole milk
230g coconut cream
2 eggs
125 g sugar

Coconut Mousse

300 g coconut anglaise
200 g heavy cream

Kalamansi Curd

146 g sugar
133 g eggs
100 g kalamansi purée
200 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

Lime Powder

Zest from 3 limes


Passion Fruit seeds
Lime peel

Select 4 to 6 glasses for your verrines and place them in the fridge. I used a silicone demi sphere mold to keep them at an angle, but you can use whatever you have on hand that works.

Prepare the passion fruit gelée. Place the purée in a bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water. Heat the purée to 40 C, then add the bloomed gelatin and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat and transfer to a pitcher. Pour the gelée into your glasses, making sure not to splash any on the sides of the glass. Let it set for 4 hours.

Then, make the coconut anglaise. Combine the milk and coconut cream in a saucepan and bring just to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and the sugar until slightly paler in colour. Temper the egg mixture by pouring a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking continuously. Add the hot milk mixture bit by bit until you have transferred about 1/3 of the milk into the eggs. Transfer everything back into the saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens. 

Remove from heat and strain into an ice bath. Let the anglaise cool completely, then place in the refrigerator for an hour or overnight. 

For the coconut mousse, whip the cream to medium peaks. Add one-third of the cream to the coconut anglaise and fold. Fold in the remaining cream. Immediately transfer to a piping bag and portion into your glasses. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

For the kalamansi curd, combine the sugar and eggs in a bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water. Add the purée and whisk continuously until the mixture reaches 80 C and has thickened. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Using an immersion blender, emulsify the curd while adding the butter a few chunks at a time. Once all the butter has been added, transfer to a piping bag and portion into your glasses. Let it set for 4 hours.

For the lime powder, place the zest into a microwaveable container, preferably a flat one so that the zest is spread out. Microwave for 10 second intervals until the zest is dry looking, about 60 seconds. Let it cool, then grind up with a spice grinder to create a powder. 

To finish, place a quenelle of chantilly in the center of the glass and sprinkle a line of lime powder across. Spoon a few passion fruit seeds into the glass and place a strip of lime peel on top. Serve immediately.


  1. this probably requires more time and effort than i'm willing to dedicate, but my goodness, it's beautiful! kudos to you on your masterpiece!

    1. Thank you! It's really not as difficult as it seems! You could start on a Friday night and have it ready by Saturday afternoon - and most of that is waiting time.

  2. Megan these are so beautiful your very talented. Is a kalamansi similar to a lime?

    1. Thank you! Kalamansi look similar to a lime but taste more like a yuzu!

  3. That dessert looks so pretty! Wish I would have some Kalamansi in stock.
    I have been to the Philippines in December and hope you have a wonderful time there, diving sounds like fun! I just explored the ocean by snorkeling or helmet diving (which of course is totally different).

    1. Thank you! Snorkelling is a lot of fun, too, but diving is just a step further, you really get into the environment and can look at things up close.

  4. This presentation is gorgeous...and all my favorite flavors too. Just curious, did you use gold or platinum grade for the gelatin leaves. I have the gold grade, hoping that would work? And have a wonderful trip!

    1. Thank you so much! I use platinum grade but you can use gold grade, no problem!

  5. OMG! I'm currently in the Philippines on vacation as I read this. Whereabouts are you going diving?!! It's so gorgeous over here!!! I've got some photos of my adventures in the PH up on my Instagram if you're curious: http://instagram.com/hummingbirdhigh Let's compare notes!!! Let me know if you need any tips about the Philippines, where to eat (if you've got time), etc.

    1. Not to sound like a creeper, but I know! I've seen all your Philippine photos on instagram, they're so beautiful! I'll pretty much be staying in this little resort and the closest town is a tiny little village, so I won't be visiting any of the big cities, unfortunately! I asked three of my Philippino coworkers if they had heard of the little village and none of them had, so I think it's pretty rural! But thank you so much for the thought!

  6. Hello! I saw this pretty dessert in Pinterest and i'm going to do it. I have just a few doubts. The coconut angalaise is the top layer and the mouse the middle one? When you say: place in the refrigerator,you mean in the glasses or in a bowl?
    Kind regards. Carla

  7. Hello! I saw this pretty dessert in Pinterest and i'm going to do it. I have just a few doubts. The coconut angalaise is the top layer and the mouse the middle one? When you say: place in the refrigerator,you mean in the glasses or in a bowl?
    Kind regards. Carla