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Daring Baker Challenge: Florentines and a Failed Panna Cotta

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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.

Mixing wet with dry


Scooped out ready for the oven

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.

Singles before the chocolate spread.

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.


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  1. Pingback: Heather’s Frosted Chocolate Chip & Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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