This was my first Daring Baker Challenge and it was for two things I am not sure I had ever eaten let alone baked before. The theme for me this past year keeps coming back to Tuscany and this challenge was no exception: florentine cookies and panna cotta.
I made my florentines on Family Day and got both my mom and WineGuyTO involved in helping. After talking to Mardi of Eat.Live.Travel.Write, I found out that the recipe that had been provided to us was not that authentic. The Internet hunt was on! I decided on a Food Network.Com recipe. It seemed simple and we had all the ingredients, so away we went.
First we had to blanch the almonds. Though time consuming it was a must, since we only had raw almonds.
I liked how the recipe was set up for setting time, though I would have extended it past the 30 minutes recommended. The dough was much easier to work with an hour later, than at the 30 minute mark.
I made them into sandwiches the next day when they were completely cool. I will admit to cheating by using a chocolate Nutella-like spread. The consistency gave them a little more structure.
Here is the finished product:
They didn’t last long at work 🙂
The second part of the challenge was panna cotta. I thought that Food & Drink from the LCBO had had a lavender flavoured version at one time, but it was lemongrass. By the time I found the recipe, I had already procured the dried lavender, so recipe hunting I went again. I chose this one from The Kitchn. Unfortunately I did something wrong, because they smelt great but didn’t quite set 😦 I will try again, maybe in the summer.