4 delicious recipes for watermelon dessert in a glass – pudding, panna cotta and parfait

So many delicious fruits are in season in summer! And the watermelon is one of the most popular of them. Finding a ripe and sweet watermelon is a real challenge, but when you do, you can enjoy its refreshing taste. Although watermelon tastes wonderful in itself, you can also use it in various recipes. Here are a few recipe ideas for a watermelon dessert that you can serve nicely in a glass.

Sicilian watermelon pudding in a glass

Watermelon dessert in jar of pudding jelly

This dessert is called “Gelo di Melone” in Italy, which translates as “watermelon jelly” in German. In fact, the consistency is so creamy that the dessert can be described more as a pudding. Whether it’s jelly or pudding, this recipe is exactly what you need for a delicious summer dessert. Try it yourself and see for yourself.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

  • 500 ml watermelon juice (approx. 600 g watermelon pulp, pitted and diced)
  • 30 g cornstarch
  • 40 g of sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • Ground carnations
  • vanilla
  • a handful of pistachios (unsalted)
  • 2-3 pieces of dark chocolate
  • a handful of jasmine flowers or jasmine essence (optional)

Make watermelon pudding yourself as a dessert

Puree the watermelon and pass the pulp through a fine-mesh sieve. Alternatively, you can use a juicer. Set aside for a moment.

Optional: For a special aroma, let the jasmine flowers soak in part of the juice for about 1 hour, then dispose of the flowers.

Place the cornstarch in a small or medium saucepan, then gradually add the watermelon juice and stir to work it in. Do not add too much juice at once to avoid lumps.

Add the sugar, some cinnamon, clove powder, vanilla and 1 drop of jasmine essence and stir well until the sugar is dissolved.

Then put the saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Pour into 4 small glasses, let cool completely and put in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Serve the watermelon dessert cold in the glass with a pinch of cinnamon, a few chopped pistachios, grated dark chocolate and more jasmine flowers for decoration.

Panna cotta with watermelon and mint

Watermelon dessert panna cotta with mint

The panna cotta is a light dessert that is particularly suitable for the summer in combination with the watermelon. Here’s a super easy recipe that anyone can follow suit.

Ingredients for 10-12 small glasses:

For the watermelon syrup:

  • 100 g of sugar
  • 125 ml of water
  • 1/2 cup of watermelon puree
  • 1 leaf of mint

For the panna cotta:

  • 1/2 cup of watermelon syrup
  • 500 ml whipped cream
  • 30 g of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of gelatin
  • Pink food coloring (optional)
  • Watermelon extract (optional)

Recipe for panna cotta with watermelon and mint

For the syrup, mix the water, sugar, watermelon puree and mint leaf in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 20-30 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the consistency thickens. Take off the stove. Remove the mint leaf and set the syrup aside to cool.

Prepare the gelatin in a small bowl and set aside.

Mix the cream, sugar and cooled watermelon syrup in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then remove it from the heat.

Stir in the melted gelatin while stirring constantly. Add food coloring and watermelon extract if a darker color and stronger watermelon flavor is preferred.

Pour the mixture into the jars and put them in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.

Cut the watermelon into cubes, place on top of the panna cotta and serve.

Watermelon chia pudding in a glass

Healthy watermelon dessert in a glass of chia pudding with fruit

A watermelon dessert can not only be delicious, but also healthy. Here is a super quick and easy recipe for delicious chia pudding with watermelon and other summer fruits that is also vegan and gluten-free. This dessert in a glass can be enjoyed both as a dessert and as a healthy breakfast.

Ingredients for 6-8 glasses:

  • The pulp of 1/2 watermelon, pitted and pureed in a blender (approx. 1 liter of watermelon juice)
  • 200 g chia seeds

For the topping:

  • 1 large mango, diced
  • 2-3 kiwis, sliced
  • Coconut milk for drizzling
  • chopped fresh mint
  • roasted coconut
  • honey

Watermelon Dessert Vegan Chia Pudding

Combine watermelon juice and chia seeds in a large bowl. Stir until everything is well mixed. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Garnish with diced mango, kiwi, coconut milk, mint, roasted coconut, honey or anything your heart desires!

Note: This recipe makes a large amount of chia pudding. Feel free to cut the ingredients in half if you only want 3-4 servings. The pudding will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

Watermelon dessert in a glass with mascarpone

Watermelon Dessert in a Glass Parfait with Mascarpone Recipe

If you’re looking for a simple, yet tasty watermelon dessert, this parfait with mascarpone and watermelon pieces is a quick last-minute option. It’s really refreshing and looks very sophisticated in a glass. It’s important to put the dessert together just before serving, so plan accordingly.

Ingredients for 10 glasses:

  • 1/2 watermelon, pitted and diced
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped mint, plus whole mint leaves for garnish
  • 300 g mascarpone, at room temperature
  • 180 g whipped cream
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Lime slices, for garnish

Mix the watermelon, lime zest, and chopped mint in a bowl. Chill until it’s chilled.

Mix the mascarpone, cream, sugar, lime juice and vanilla in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until frothy. Do not hit too much.

Spoon a layer of watermelon into champagne or wine glasses and pour 1-2 tablespoons of the cream with mascarpone over it. Add another layer of watermelon and mascarpone and cover with a final layer of watermelon. Garnish with mint leaves and lime wedges and serve.

If you wish, you can add a layer of cake or ladyfingers to make a kind of English trifle with watermelon.