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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée with Florentine Cookies

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   Vanilla Panna Cotta topped with Strawberry Gelée is an elegant, dreamy way to end a meal! Lacy Florentine Cookies accompanied this luscious berry topped dessert.
Vanilla Panna Cotta

Vanilla Panna Cotta

Luscious and smooth, this vanilla panna cotta was amazingly creamy.  I chose a lovely strawberry topping, but, alternatively, serving with a side of strawberry sauce would have been just as nice.

Vanilla Panna Cotta
Vanilla Panna Cotta

February Daring Bakers

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 Laurentis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.


Vanilla Panna Cotta
Vanilla Panna Cotta


Vanilla Panna Cotta…adapted from Giada de Laurentis

1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
1 tablespoon (one packet) (15 ml) (7 gm) (¼ oz) unflavored powdered gelatin
1 vanilla bean, split
3 cups (720 ml) whipping cream (30+% butterfat)
1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) granulated sugar
pinch of salt

1. Pour the milk into a bowl or pot and sprinkle gelatin evenly and thinly over the milk (make sure the bowl/pot is cold by placing the bowl/pot in the refrigerator for a few minutes before you start making the Panna Cotta). Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.

2. Pour the milk into the saucepan/pot and place over medium heat on the stove.  Add vanilla bean. Heat this mixture until it is hot, but not boiling, about five minutes. (I whisk it a few times at this stage).

3. Next, add the cream, honey, sugar, and pinch of salt. Making sure the mixture doesn’t boil, continue to heat and stir occasionally until the sugar and honey have dissolved 5-7 minutes.  Remove vanilla bean.

4. Remove from heat, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then pour into the glass or ramekin.

5. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Add garnishes and serve.

Strawberry Gelée

1 cup  (8 oz) strawberries
3 tablespoons (45 ml) water
1/4 cup (60 ml) (60 gm) (2 oz) granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons (7½ ml) (3½ gm) (1/8 oz) unflavored powdered gelatin

1. Sprinkle gelatin over water.

2. Place fruit and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Now mix the gelatin into the strawberry mixture and stir until gelatin has dissolved.

3. Remove from heat, strain and allow to cool (close to room temp, again, if you’re planning on layering on pouring on top of your Panna Cotta, a hot mixture will also heat up your chilled Panna Cotta).


Vanilla Panna Cotta
Vanilla Panna Cotta

Lacy Florentine Cookies

The Florentines were reminiscent of the lace cookies I was so fond of as a child. But beware, as these spread like crazy when baked. I used a cookie cutter to pull the cookie back into a circle when fresh from the oven which made more consistent shapes to sandwich together.

These chewy oatmeal treats were the perfect contrast to the pudding-like panna cotta.  Thank you, Mallory, for the excellent challenge.

Florentine CookiesFlorentine Cookies

Nestle Florentine Cookies…recipe from the cookbook “Nestle Classic Recipes”, and their website.

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
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract

Preheat oven to moderately hot 375°F (190°C) (gas mark 5). Prepare your baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan, then remove from the heat.

2. To the melted butter add oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Drop a tablespoon full, three inches (75 mm) apart, onto your prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of your tablespoon, or use a spatula.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, until cookies are golden brown. Cool completely on the baking sheets.

4. While the cookies are cooling melt your chocolate until smooth either in the microwave (1 1/2 minutes), or stovetop (in a double boiler, or a bowl that fits atop a saucepan filled with a bit of water, being sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl).

5. Peel the cookies from the silpat or parchment and place face down on a wire rack set over a sheet of wax/parchment paper (to keep counters clean).

6. Spread a tablespoon of chocolate on the bottom/flat side of your cookie, sandwiching another (flat end) cookie atop the chocolate.

This recipe will make about 2 1/2 – 3 dozen sandwiched Florentine cookies. You can also choose not to sandwich yours, in which case, drizzle the tops with chocolate (over your wax paper).



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34 comments on “Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée with Florentine Cookies”

  1. I love the start color contrast between the bright red strawberries and the pure white panna cotta. Great post and photos!

  2. Lizzy, your blog is beautiful and so is your dog! And now I know she can spell.

  3. Lizzy……such a beautiful presentation and I bet delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  4. awesome….its so beautiful to look at…. 🙂

  5. Thank you, my friends! It made a gorgeous dessert 🙂

  6. PS, Susan, I’m so happy you’ll be joining us!!!!

  7. wow your panna cotta looks extremely beautiful!

  8. it goes without saying your recipes are fabulous but the photography is exquisite! lovely photos lovely presentation and elegant panna cotta! BRAVO!

  9. Thanks so much Angie and Claudia!!! Hey, Claudia, you can post here…hooray!

  10. Your pictures are gorgeous! I have never made either of those desserts but I think I may need to give them a try!

  11. Beautiful Lizzy…I would love a bite of everything right now…
    I love Panna Cotta…the addition of the fruit takes it over the top for sure!

  12. This is so beautiful! Such a rich strawberry color, I can’t wait to make this. And I love your pretty glasses too!

  13. These look great! I didn’t realize you were also a Daring Baker. It looks like we started DB at the same time. Great idea with the cookie cutter! Mine spread like crazy too.

  14. Both of your recipes turned out fantastic! I love the red and white color combination. Just beautiful photos!

  15. oh Lizzie
    you panna cotta looks so very very good! what a great entry the daring Bakers challenge. I think that strawberry topping really made that dish, the color is so vibtant! And those lovely little cookies look so delicious.

  16. Your photos look fantastic! And I love how bright your strawberry gelee looks. My raspberry turned out bright and clear like that but my strawberry was a bit orange-ish and grainy looking. Nice job on the challenge!

  17. The panna cotta is so pretty! Paired with the florentine cookies, it sounds like the perfect dessert! Yum! 🙂

  18. Oooh… these just scream springtime to me! Beautifully done!

  19. oh, the presentation is so elegant. panna cotta looks amazing, love the color contrast.

    have a wonderful Sunday Lizzy

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog and it’s a pleasure discovering yours. Love both your panacottas and now that the strawberries are in season shall make some.

  21. You did a terrific job with both elements of the challenge. Your photos today are stunning. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. Thanks, so, so much, everyone for your most generous compliments! I’m loving the Daring Bakers’ challenges 🙂

  23. Liz, those are just gorgeous! I’m going to remember these for Valentine’s Day next year.


  24. Thanks!!!! This was a fun and delicious challenge 🙂

  25. Lizzy, how lovely this is. I love the contrasting color of the white panna cotta and the strawberry topping. Your table setting is beautiful and love the composition of your photo. You wowed me!

  26. Your panna cotta and florentines look beautiful. Love those glasses too.

  27. What beautiful photos! Your panna cotta is just stunning. I love the white of the panna cotta and the bright color of the strawberry gelee. And your cookies look just perfect! 🙂

  28. That panna cotta looks just gorgeous with the strawberry gelee on top, wow!

  29. Liz,
    Your food styling has become so professional and downright beautiful. Brava! I tweeted re this post and mentioned Nestle. I hope that they throw some swag your way. 🙂

  30. That combination of white panna cotta and red gelee looks really beautiful 🙂

  31. Thank you all!!! Carole, you are just too good to me, my friend…special thanks for all your kindnesses 🙂

  32. Lizzie, your panna cotta turned out so beautiful with the combination of the strawberry gelee. Oh, so elegant. Love the color contrast, and the way you have it set up in the photo. Just so stunning!
    You really excel in all these daring bakers’ challenge!

  33. Beautiful work on this month’s challenge, your panna cotta and florentines look just wonderful. Love the glass for the dessert too

  34. Thank you all!!!!

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