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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 have done Panna cotta couple of times before.. and we love it. Its rich and creamy dessert which melts in your mouth. Here is the another Panna cotta recipe of both Chocolate and Vanilla which I have posted long time back.  But I followed the below recipe this time using Honey which came out so delicious as well.  I usually do Florentines using almond meal but this is the first time I am making using Oats, it was just awesome.  This Recipe is sure a Keeper and will keep doing it often, it came out lacy, crispy and it was so yummy :)

Creamy Dreamy Crunchy Sweet challenge...



Ingredients :

Whole milk - 1 cup
Unflavored powdered gelatin - 1 tablespoon
Whipping cream - 3 cups
Honey - 1/3 cup
Granulated sugar - 1 tablespoon
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp


   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.


For the Green part I Used the Green Apple Jell-O mixture and to give the Kiwi effect just I sprinkled with Black Poppy seeds, the tart of this Jell-O and the Creamy Panna cotta tasted awesome.


I just quartered this recipe.


Unsalted butter - 2/3 cup
Quick oats - 2 cups (But I used Rolled oats)
Granulated sugar - 1 cup
Plain (all purpose) flour - 2/3 cup 
Liquid Glucose - 4 tbsp
Whole milk - 1/4 cup 
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Pinch of salt
Dark or milk chocolate- 1½ cups



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, and 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 just drizzled chopped Pistachio before baking and drizzled some white chocolate after the cookies are cooled completely.

PrerrnaMirchi  – (February 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM)  

Your panna cotta looks very photogenic. I'm sure it must have tasted as awesome as it looks.

chef and her kitchen  – (February 27, 2011 at 12:32 AM)  

looks superb that pannacotta and is ur presentation....
Wish I could grab a glass out of d screen...

Ruth H.  – (February 27, 2011 at 12:35 AM)  

That mock kiwi gelee looks great! I love the vibrant green color... Your panna cotta looks beautiful, those glasses are perfect! And your florentines look great - crispy and light. Great work!!

Indian Khana  – (February 27, 2011 at 1:17 AM)  

Love the pics Pavi always wonderful ...and panna cotta looks delish

Swapna  – (February 27, 2011 at 1:43 AM)  

Your pannacotta looks great!As always lovely presentations and clicks Pavi!!!

Audax  – (February 27, 2011 at 2:03 AM)  

Exquisite panna cotta I just love the mock kiwi layer and your photography is stunning wonderful wonderful wonderful. Great work on this challenge.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Archana  – (February 27, 2011 at 2:38 AM)  

Wow looks great. I am bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing.

Poires au Chocolat  – (February 27, 2011 at 2:58 AM)  

They're beautiful - well done! Very colourful and great photos.

Ramya  – (February 27, 2011 at 3:10 AM)  

Your Pannacotta is totally Legend...ary
Even by looking at them, I am totally feeling refreshed...Awesome clicks..

Renata  – (February 27, 2011 at 4:01 AM)  

I'm impressed with the stunning presentation of your Panna Cotta and your lacy Florentines. Congratulations on such a beautiful work, I'm sure it was delicious as well!

Sharmi  – (February 27, 2011 at 5:20 AM)  

your pics are really very pretty. May I ask what camera do you have? very nice captures!

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen  – (February 27, 2011 at 6:24 AM)  

Pannacotta is damn Royal!!! so beautiful!!! Love that white choco drizzle on top of the cookies!!!

Prema  – (February 27, 2011 at 7:39 AM)  

Beautiful clicks Pavi,Pannacotta luks delicious...

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (February 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM)  

brilliant pictures and You made it so perfect.

divya  – (February 27, 2011 at 10:14 AM)  

wow...eye catchy clicks...both r cookie n dessert looks awesome...

gourmandrea  – (February 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM)  

that panna cotta is so vibrant and stunning!

shelley c.  – (February 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM)  

I had to laugh that your mock kiwi gelee was apple jello and poppy seeds - so creative!! Your photographs are simply stunning, and the panna cotta and florentines are each beautiful. Really, really impressive work on this challenge.

Unknown  – (February 27, 2011 at 10:43 AM)  

Pretty clicks and yummilicious spread of panacotta

Umm Mymoonah  – (February 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM)  

That looks lovely, nice presentation.

Priya Suresh  – (February 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM)  

Marvellous and yummy pannacotta, both cookies and pannacotta looks soo fabulous...

Jayanthy Kumaran  – (February 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM)  

such an amazing recipe...def a tempting one to enjoy..;P
Tasty appetite

Unknown  – (February 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM)  

WOW!! Gorgeous clicks, Pavithra!! Both panna cotta and cookies look super-tempting!

Anonymous –   – (February 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM)  

Amazing photos and superb flavor choices!

Sarah  – (February 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM)  

The mock kiwi gelee is so clever! Your photos are so beautiful. You clearly spent a lot of time on this challenge and with great results.

sadaf  – (February 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM)  

hi pavithra,
OMG these are so gorgeous, awesome flavours, stunning photographs and beautiful presentation.

Sushma Mallya  – (February 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM)  

Lovely and beautiful clicks ..looks amazing!

Namratha  – (February 27, 2011 at 6:53 PM)  

Certainly exquisite panna cotta and florentine cookies... a gorgeous treat to the eyes. Stunning shots, well done!

Preety  – (February 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM)  

both dishes look great..lovely pics

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (February 27, 2011 at 9:14 PM)  

awesome panna cotta... the kiwi is very pretty! lovely presentation...

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (February 27, 2011 at 11:56 PM)  

Both dishes looks superb and lovely.... Beautiful presentation.

Nithya  – (February 28, 2011 at 12:50 AM)  

Wowwwwwwwww this looks simply fantastic :) Yummy pannacotta and fantastic cookies too :) I'm sure gonna try both soon :) The cookies are way tempting :)

Anuradha  – (February 28, 2011 at 1:37 AM)  

Oh wow.... Yummy pannacotta... Wonderful clicks! Nice presentation! Jealous of you... you are leaving me and eating all these :(

Priya dharshini  – (February 28, 2011 at 4:54 AM)  

Luv the tall glass of panna cotta with mock kiwi..Wonderful work..

Sonia  – (February 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM)  

Awesome panna cotta ....the kiwi is looking so cute, the colors are splendid. Saving this recipe for sure to try it soon it soon. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for stopping by my space. I will keep coming back for more recipes... !

Anonymous –   – (February 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM)  

The kiwi topping is such a great idea and adds wonderful color!

Suji  – (February 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM)  

I am speechless when ever i visit your space pavi, Such beautifully photographes panna cotta and florentines...

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking  – (February 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM)  

Wow these both look awesome!! So glad I found your blog. I really like it and I love finding other Tennessee bloggers!

Torviewtoronto  – (February 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM)  

lovely combination beautiful combinatin of colours

Edible Art  – (February 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM)  

oh my goodness,
this looks SO PRETTY !
i really do admire your creative eye for artistic food presentations.
& your pictures are so bright and amazing!
i was wondering what camera/lense you use, and how you manage to save your photos..
mine always seem to lose its color when i post on the internet..., and its really frustrating because they ARE beautiful pictures.
sooo if you could help me out with a few tips, you`d be making my blogging experience 100 times more enjoyable~ (:

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (February 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM)  

Very well done! I love that bright green kiwi jelly. And the lace cookies are splendid too.



Lot-O-Choc  – (February 28, 2011 at 4:19 PM)  

Omg wow i love all your pictures, your pannacottas are a work of art, i bet it felt bad tucking into them hehe..yet so good and tasty at the same time!

Kalyani  – (February 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM)  

wow looks yummy and lovely clicks ......

Satrupa  – (February 28, 2011 at 7:21 PM)  

Looks like a piece of art .... gurl u rock !!


chef_d  – (February 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM)  

Your pictures are gorgeous! The mock kiwi gelee is awesome and looks so real. I love the addition of pistachios to the florentine cookies. Excellent blog!

Evelyn  – (February 28, 2011 at 9:28 PM)  

Gorgeous Panna cotta and I am very awed. I tried to layer mine in those exact glasses and I failed miserably!
Well Done!

Amy Jo Romney  – (February 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM)  

Wow! Your Panna Cotta looks beautiful! I love the color.

Swathi  – (February 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM)  

Pannacotta with mock kiwi gelee looks awesome.

Kris Ngoei  – (March 1, 2011 at 1:45 AM)  

Simply stunning! One of the best I have seen :-)

Karen | Citrus and Candy  – (March 1, 2011 at 3:40 AM)  

Oh wow check out the colours! I'm so loving the green!

MandyM  – (March 1, 2011 at 5:53 AM)  

Your mock kiwi gelee is just perfect! I love the way you've done the layers and the fruit on top looks stunning. Brilliantly done!

Kiwi the Fruit  – (March 1, 2011 at 7:05 AM)  

love the color of your panna cotta~ never thought of using kiwi fruit and wow it looks so nice~

lubnakarim06  – (March 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM)  

Art at work...that too edible...lovely presentation.....

Anonymous –   – (March 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM)  

Beautiful! The green totally jumped out at me when looking through all the pics on the DB site.

Unknown  – (March 1, 2011 at 3:07 PM)  

Gorgeous pics pavi..pannacotta with kiwi gelee, usual lovely presentation!!

Robyn Clarke  – (March 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM)  

Wow! I'm blown away by your photos and presentation. Very inspiring!

Unknown  – (March 1, 2011 at 3:44 PM)  

I love the vivid green color of the gelee! Great job on this challenge, and beautiful photos too:)

Plateful  – (March 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM)  

Absolutely colorful and gorgeous pictures and lovely presentation!!

Lisa  – (March 1, 2011 at 7:13 PM)  

I'm truly of the most beautiful panna cotta verrines I've ever seen, and they look so the mock kiwi. Perfect florentines too. You are one talented lady. Your photos are just off the charts stunning.

Smita P  – (March 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM)  

yummilicious... clicks are are so beautiful that i feel like eating this just now...

Rama  – (March 1, 2011 at 10:56 PM)  

This is such an Amazing and Stunning presentation. The pictures make my eyes to pop out. Wish I could grab it eat it right now. Keep Rocking.

Sweet Artichoke  – (March 2, 2011 at 8:04 AM)  

Your presentation is Fantastic! Both the panna cotta and the cookies look awesome!

Finla  – (March 2, 2011 at 8:52 AM)  

Looks so so beautiful, i love the the green jelly.

Sarah Naveen  – (March 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM)  

Gal...u rock...awesome presentation..making me drool!!!

Namitha  – (March 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM)  

Awesome !!! Too beautiful to eat :-) Loving the contrast

Cham  – (March 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM)  

The flavor and picture are simply stunning!

Aparna Balasubramanian  – (March 2, 2011 at 8:53 PM)  

Like your mock kiwi gelee in particular. The bright green dotted with black is a perfect contrast to your white panna cotta.

Irvin  – (March 2, 2011 at 8:58 PM)  

I LOVE the mock kiwi layer! Apple jello with the sesame seeds in it are awesome. The shocking green bright color is fantastic layered between the white panna cotta and I love how the layers are tilted on the bias. It looks fantastic!

Unknown  – (March 3, 2011 at 9:57 PM)  

You have a beautiful blog here, loved your pics and the colors. Am planning to start a blog myself, need some help from your side hope you will be able to.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (March 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM)  

@ Edible art thanks for your encouraging and lovely comment. I use Canon Rebel XSI and 18-55mm lens , i use to save my pictures as jpg and the photos which is displayed here are photobucket links. Please let me know if you need any help.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (March 4, 2011 at 9:46 AM)  

@ Geetha Thanks for your sweet comment and great that ur going to start a blog .. sure will help you on that. Let me know what you need, I will be happy to help you.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (March 4, 2011 at 9:47 AM)  

Thanks all for your lovely and wonderful comments.

Anu Nandu  – (March 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM)  

Pavi - anything I comment here is not enough to describe how I feel. I think you know how I feel. You are a gifted person and I'm just real glad that you are using that gift here.

Edible Art  – (March 4, 2011 at 12:23 PM)  

thank you so much for your help !! :D
hmm.. i need a better lens, my camera is just a stock Nikon D80 with the lenses it came with.
ahh theyre so expensive!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals.  – (March 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM)  

Oh wow! That looks so fresh and zingy! Love it!

GEETHA ACHAL  – (March 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM)  

எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்த பினகோலாடா...அருமையான படங்கள்...அழகு...

Cooking Gallery  – (March 4, 2011 at 1:41 PM)  

WOW! Beautiful photography, the pictures all look so alive. What a fantastic job :D)!!

Dimah  – (March 6, 2011 at 12:48 PM)  

first time here…
This looks amazing! Gorgeous photos!

Harika baratam  – (March 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM)  

Excellent clicks with fantastic dishes.

Lea  – (March 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM)  

It looks absoulety amazing and very different from all the other panna cottas.
The green is so sparkling and amazing, and I love kiwi, I wish I could try that, cream and kiwi!
Florentines look nice too, with the white chocolate :)
Beautiful photographs!

Raks  – (March 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM)  

Lovely colours pavithra and pictures are drool worthy!

?  – (March 23, 2011 at 7:08 AM)  

These look amazing! Beautiful snapshots .

Jun  – (March 31, 2011 at 2:40 AM)  

OMG, everything looks wonderful!!!

Anonymous –   – (April 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM)  

wow! your pannacotta is incredible good looking!!!

great-secret-of-life  – (December 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM)  

So tempting Pavi! Yummmmy pannacotta

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