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.
PDF of the recipes provided for the challenge.
Is there a good way to brighten your day when it seems like it will never stop snowing? I mean, I love a good snow storm more than almost anyone I know, but in the end (and sometimes the beginning and middle), you still have to go out and shovel. I was also going to have a tooth pulled mid-week, so I wanted something soft and sweet in the refrigerator.
I was happy to have a slightly simpler Daring Bakers’ challenge to whip up this month in between trying to keep up with the snow.
The milk chocolate Florentine cookies were easy and fun to make, with that lacy, caramelized texture that looks like it should be hard to make. I left some of the cookies flat, and as an experiment, rolled some around forms to make them curvy, which was pretty.
I had never made panna cotta before and I have to admit that I’m afraid of working with gelatin the way some people are afraid of working with yeast. I had little faith that either my panna cotta or gelée would work, but they did!
I added a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste to the panna cotta. And to add a little sunshine, I made a mango-cinnamon gelée, using sweetened mango purée and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
The panna cotta has been delicious and soothing to my sore mouth. I’ve snuck a couple of the cookies too, but eaten them VERY carefully.