|LIME COCONUT PANNA COTTA & GINGER FLORENTINES|
1. I enjoyed the process and experimenting with flavours, but had some problems along the way.
2. Neither the taste nor look was what I had envisioned.
3. It was delicious – which makes facts 1 and 2 irrelevant.
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.
Here's the original recipe in pdf. For all the fantastic pictures from other Daring Bakers, go to The Daring Kitchen.
A cool dessert – now that's what you want when you live in a hot, humid country, and panna cotta and jelly is perfect.
Mallory apologises for the enormous amount of fat in this panna cotta. So it has a lot of cream in it. Well, add rich, thick coconut milk (instead of plain milk) to that, as I have, and anyone with even the slightest issue with their heart or cholesterol level should stay away from it. This is TO BE EATEN ONLY IN MODERATION! (Apologies for shouting out this warning with the capital letters and exclamation point.)
|Agar-agar strips and kaffir lime leaves|
The citrus taste wasn't as strong as I would have liked it to be, but the panna cotta was creamy and still delicious.
For the florentines, instead of instant oats, I used rolled oats which I processed for a bit. In terms of shape and "lacy-ness", they came out perfect. But they were a little too sweet. I also added a bit of minced crystallised ginger.
|Attempt No. 2: Moulded (left) and layered in a glass|
The middle layer in the glass is plain jelly with Kahlúa added to it. It goes very well with the rest of the flavours.