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Sunday, February 27, 2011

The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

I was excited to make Panna Cotta for the first time - as I've seen it all over the blogging world lately. I had intended on making it for the dessert of my next round of the Foodbuzz's blogging contest, but I didn't make it that far. Waa Waaap.

The cookies though? To die for... that is, if you love butter.

This is what happens when you use too much dough.
Nestle Florentine Cookies

Recipe from the cookbook “Nestle Classic Recipes”, and their website.

2/3 cup (160 ml) (150 gm) (5.3 oz) unsalted butter
2 cups (480 ml) (160 gm) (5 2/3 oz) quick oats
1 cup (240 ml) (230 gm) (8 oz) granulated sugar
2/3 cup (160 ml) (95 gm) (3⅓ oz) plain (all purpose) flour
1/4 cup (60 ml) dark corn syrup
1/4 cup (60 ml) whole milk
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1½ cups (360 ml) (250 gm) (9 oz) dark or milk chocolate

Preheat oven to moderately hot 375°F (190°C) (gas mark 5). Prepare your baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

   1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan, then remove from the heat.
   2. To the melted butter add oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Drop a tablespoon full, three inches (75 mm) apart, onto your prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of your tablespoon, or use a spatula.
   3. Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, until cookies are golden brown. Cool completely on the baking sheets.
   4. While the cookies are cooling melt your chocolate until smooth either in the microwave (1 1/2 minutes), or stovetop (in a double boiler, or a bowl that fits atop a saucepan filled with a bit of water, being sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl).
   5. Peel the cookies from the silpat or parchment and place face down on a wire rack set over a sheet of wax/parchment paper (to keep counters clean).
   6. Spread a tablespoon of chocolate on the bottom/flat side of your cookie, sandwiching another (flat end) cookie atop the chocolate.

This recipe will make about 2 1/2 - 3 dozen sandwiched Florentine cookies. You can also choose not to sandwich yours, in which case, drizzle the tops with chocolate (over your wax paper). {I chose to do neither... simply because I didn't have enough time in the day!}

Giada's Vanilla Panna Cotta

1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
1 tablespoon (one packet) (15 ml) (7 gm) (¼ oz) unflavored powdered gelatin
3 cups (720 ml) whipping cream (30+% butterfat)
1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) granulated sugar
pinch of salt


   1. Pour the milk into a bowl or pot and sprinkle gelatin evenly and thinly over the milk (make sure the bowl/pot is cold by placing the bowl/pot in the refrigerator for a few minutes before you start making the Panna Cotta). Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.
   2. Pour the milk into the saucepan/pot and place over medium heat on the stove. Heat this mixture until it is hot, but not boiling, about five minutes. (I whisk it a few times at this stage).
   3. Next, add the cream, honey, sugar, and pinch of salt. Making sure the mixture doesn't boil, continue to heat and stir occasionally until the sugar and honey have dissolved 5-7 minutes.
   4. Remove from heat, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then pour into the glass or ramekin.
   5. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Add garnishes and serve.

{Mine didn't get quite as solid as I was expecting, but we enjoyed them a lot. It's a great treat for breakfast and they claim it has a third of the calories as creme brulee.}


Irvin said...

Beautiful pictures and I love the blueberries on top! A third the calories of creme brulee? Must be the lack of egg yolks. I love that! Of course, I upped the cream in mine to make it more rich. So I doubt that mine have less calories.

Congrats on the challenge!

February 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM
Tia said...

yummy looking - mine spread a lot too! great job! I did a cheese-cake type panna cotta :)

February 27, 2011 at 9:49 PM
Audax said...

I have to say that last photograph is stunning look how thin and crisp looking your cookies are and the panna cotta is outstanding well on this challenge.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

February 28, 2011 at 5:00 AM
Alise said...

@Irvin - LOVE the idea of upping the cream. Good thoughts. :)
@Tia - Thanks for the kind words. Encouragement is always a good thing.
@Audax - You're too kind. I'm so excited to have more natural light in my new apartment - expect better photos from me in the future! (fingers crossed)

February 28, 2011 at 7:55 PM

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