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.
You can find the recipes behind the link above.
I was originally going to make a Violet Crumble-themed panna cotta, with honey panna cotta and chocolate panna cotta, but I'd run out of chocolate. Instead, I went for one of my favorite sandwiches--honey with nut butter--in this case, a mix of peanut butter and nutella. I made Florentine cookies filled with peanut butter ganache, and honey and peanut butter/nutella layered panna cotta.
-I didn't want to buy and use corn syrup, so I stuck with honey. While this kept the cookies from spreading out and flattening more, I loved the flavor of it, especially with the peanut butter.
-This is the easiest challenge I've done in a long time. It's little more than the effort needed to make rice krispie treats and instant pudding.
-To layer your panna cotta, you have to let each layer set fully first. This can take 2 to 6 hours.
You can check out my fellow DBers' results through our blogroll.