Chocolate Panna Cotta and Florentine Cookies

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.
I chose to make chocolate pannacotta since i have a chocoholic at home:-)I used the recipe from HERE but substituted the gelatin with agar agar. Since i did not know the conversion between gelatin and agar agar, i posted the question in DB forum , and as usual Audax was there to help me out. I tried it with the suggestion Audax gave and am very happy with the result.


Milk 1 cup

Agar agar(china grass) 7.5 gms

Water 1/4 cup

Whipping cream 2 cups

Sugar 1/2 cup

Semi sweet chocolate 3/4 cup

Vanilla 1/2 tsp

1.Put the agar agar in water and let it rest for 2 minutes.

2. Heat the water agar mixture on a very low flame till it dissolves completely.Add milk to this. Let it heat for 2 minutes. switch off the flame and Keep it warm

3. In a saucepan heat the cream, sugar and vanilla and bring it to a boil.

Add chocolate and whisk till melted. Now whisk in the agar agar-milk mixture to it. Let it cool for 2 minutes( not completely else it will set)

Transfer to a ramekins or the glass to be served.

Agar agar sets at room temperature. But if you like it cold, transfer it to the refrigerator.

Yummy delicious chocolate pannacotta ready


Butter 1/3 cup

Quick oats 1 cup

Granulated sugar 1/2 cup

All purpose flour 1/4 cup

Golden syrup 1/8 cup

Milk 1/8 cup

Vanilla 1/2 tsp

Salt pinch

Dark chocolate 3/4 cup


Preheat the oven to 190 C

Melt butter in a saucepan . Remove this from the fire and add oats, sugar, golden syrup, milk, vanilla, flour and salt. Mix well.

Drop a tablespoon of this in a greased cookie sheet not very near to each other(preferably 3" apart) and flatten it slightly

Bake them for 6- 8 minutes.

Allow them to cool in the sheet itself.

Meantime melt the chocolate in the microwave for a minute.

Peel the cookies and sandwich the cookie with the melted chocolate. I liked it with the chocolate though.

Thank you Daring bakers and thank you MalloryAnd thank you Audax for all the help

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