The Three P’s…{No, not like Charmed!}

Hello my wonderful, and loyal readers!!!  I am sorry I have been MIA for the week, life…I tell ya, it just gets crazy:-)  BUT I am here now, and boy do I have a fun recipe to share.  I have talked about making Panna Cotta for, like, two years now.

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 can finally check this off the to-do list.  I am a few days behind on getting this submitted, but better late then never right?

I have been wanting to make Chocolate Coffee Panna Cotta!  I first had the desire to make a coffee version when I was watching Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network.  So here was my golden opportunity!

The only thing I had to change in the recipe, was I used 3/4 cup of half and half instead of whole milk.  Half and half is always in our refrigerator, we are lovers of coffee!  BUT whole milk is NEVER in our fridge.   I also added 1/4 cup of strong coffee.  You could use espresso too!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (240 ml) half and half
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (7 gm) (¼ oz) unflavored powdered gelatin
2 cups (480 ml) whipping cream (30+% butterfat)
½ cup (115 gm) (4 oz) sugar
¾ cup (145 gm)(5 oz) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
½ teaspoon (2½ ml) vanilla extract

1/4 cup of strong coffee prepared and cooled

Directions:

  1. Pour milk into a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the top, set aside for 2-5 minutes.
  2. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir in cream, sugar and vanilla. Bring to a low boil.
  3. Add chocolate and whisk until melted. Whisk the milk/gelatin mixture into chocolate cream mixture, add coffee. Whisk until gelatin has dissolved.
  4. Transfer to ramekins, or nice glasses for serving.
  5. Cover and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight

To compliment the Panna Cotta, the other half of the challenge was to make Florentine Cookies.  Now they were a challenge for me, and really I bet they are an easy cookie to make….

They really should not look like this…..Just Saying!!!

So I of course I put less on the pan in hopes that they would make pretty cookies.  I had to put only four cookies to a pan, so that they were circles, and did not run together.

I pretty much stuck to the recipe, except for I did use half and half again, instead of whole milk.  You can melt chocolate, and sandwich it between two cookies.  We decided we had enough chocolate in the Panna Cotta, so enjoyed them plain.  They really do compliment each other beautifully.

Ingredients:
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

Directions for the cookies are above in the link,  just click on the name Mallory in the first paragraph.

Well all I can say is, YUM!!! It was so good, but we may need to work on the name with my cute hubby.  When it was time to enjoy he asked, ” Is it time to enjoy the prosciutto?”  I said of course, NO!…*With a questioned look!*  Then he said I mean, “Is the pancetta ready?”  Well he was getting warmer, he had arrived in Italy now…..so I figured he would get it soon…. He did….he said “…..um….I mean the Panna Cotta,” and repeated it several times.  WHEW!!!  My hubby, he makes me giggle:)   So you see where the three P’s comes into play now, Prosciutto, Pancetta, and Panna Cotta!  When he finally enjoyed it, he REALLY enjoyed it!  We will be making this delicious treat again, and again, and well you get the picture right?

Have you ever made Panna Cotta?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • Both look so yummy, especially the cookies! Great post!
  • In all honesty, I can't watch Giada without wanting to scream or kill somebody. Gaaaah. On another note, that looks AMAZING! :)
    • You can't watch Giada, WHAT? She makes such fantastic recipes though.... :-) Thank you for the kind words! Take care, Terra
  • Honestly, I have a certain dislike for panna cotta. Why? Not a single reason, I compared it to flan and find it come short next to it. But yours looks creamy and rich, until others I've had. I find they are sometimes too jelly-ish. But I love love coffee, so must try. And I loved the cookies, must have added the perfect crunch.. :) (Maybe a Prosciutto-Pancetta Panna Cotta might not be a bad idea...Something to think about!)
    • It is weird, I followed the Panna Cotta recipe pretty much. And mine did look thicker, and definitely not jelly like....whereas, some of the other recipes I observed looked jelly like. I am not of fan of flan, because of the jelly like texture. You may like the recipe I did, since we are on the same wave length:) Um....I may pass on the Prosciutto-Pancetta-Panna Cotta...yeah, YUCK!!! LOL!
  • Wow ours really did look almost the same. At least you figured out how to fix your mistake and came out with some nice cookies. I think they look great. The last pan I made I gave up and just spread the batter out over the pan. I did substitute organic rice syrup instead of corn syrup but I cannot see that making much of a difference. Oh well, another challenge is upon us! Happy cooking!
    • Thank you so much!!! I can't see rice syrup making that much of a difference, but baking can be so touchy:) Happy cooking to you too!!! :-)
  • Your panna cotta and florentine cookies are gorgeous! And your photos are just stunning. :)
  • Audax Artifex
    Prosciutto, Pancetta, and Panna Cotta! your hubby makes me laugh also LOL LOL. I have to admit your final panna cotta and cookies look scrumptious the texture of the panna cotta is light and airy while the cookies are thin and crisp well done on this challenge nice photography also. Cheers from Audas in Sydney Australia.
    • Thank you so much for the kind words on my Panna Cotta, and Florentine Cookies:) And since I am still an amateur photographer, thank you so much for the compliments on my photography! Means a lot to me:) Take care, Terra
  • Pegasuslegend24
    This looks so elegant!
    • Thank you for the kind words on my Panna Cotta and Florentine Cookies!!! Take care, Terra
  • I've been talking about making panna cotta for a long time too! Yours looks so good and your florentines are gorgeous, even if the first ones did run together. I think that's a pretty common problem!
    • You so should make it, you will really enjoy it!!! The batter for the Florentine cookies is so unique, it is unavoidable to not run together. Thank you for the kind words:) Take care, Terra