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. Surprisingly I’ve never made either the panna cotta or the florentine cookies so I was excited to try them.
The florentines were easy to make and really delicious. They are crisp and buttery and I loved the addition of chocolate to the cookies. I went with a trio of florentines, each with their own chocolate; white, milk, and dark. A strawberry garnish on the plates tied these desserts together nicely. I was pleasantly surprised with the results of both.
A Trio of Chocolate Florentine Cookies (recipe adapted from Nestle)
2/3 c. butter
2 c. quick oats
1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. flour
1/4 c. dark corn syrup
1/4 c. lowfat milk
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. white chocolate
1/4 c. dark chocolate
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the baking sheets with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Remove from oven.
1 T. unflavored gelatin
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 cps white chocolate chips
1 t. vanilla
1. Pour milk into a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over top. Set aside.
2. Heat cream, sugar, and vanilla in a medium pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
1 T. fresh mint, minced
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