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A creamy and crunchy treat for this months DB!

Baking, cookies, Snacks | February 27, 2011 | By

This months DB was quite a yummy challenge ..thanks to Mallory of Sofa In the Kitchen.The month of Feb has been quite tiring after my sons birthday, they were both infected by chicken pox.So I was lagged up in my posts..
This months challenge was Panna cotta and Florentine cookies.For the Panna cotta my first choice of fruit was strawberries..but when I looked through my window and saw the ripe tree tomatoes in my garden I dropped the strawberry idea .


1 cup  milk
1 tablespoon  unflavored powdered gelatin
3 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup  honey
1 tablespoon  granulated sugar
pinch of salt
  • Pour the milk into a bowl or pot and sprinkle gelatin evenly and thinly over the milk . Let it stand for 5 minutes .
  • Pour the milk into the saucepan and place over medium heat on the stove. Heat this mixture until it is hot, but not boiling, about five minutes whisking a few times.
  • 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 from heat, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then pour into the glass or ramekin.
  • Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. 


 230 gm tree tomatoes
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup  granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons  unflavored powdered gelatin

  • Sprinkle gelatin over water.
  • Place fruit and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Now mix the gelatin into the tree tomato mixture and stir until gelatin has dissolved.

  • Remove from heat and allow to cool 
  • Now layer it with the panacotta in the glass.After layering with the gelee refrigerate it for 45 minutes.

The Oatmeal Florentine cookies were a mere delight for my kiddos. :)It was super Crunchy!


2/3 cup  unsalted butter
2 cups quick oats
1 cup  granulated sugar
2/3 cup plain (all purpose) flour
1/4 cup  dark corn syrup
1/4 cup  whole milk
1 tsp  vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1½ cups  dark or milk chocolate

Preheat oven to moderately hot 190°C. Prepare your baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan, then remove from the heat.
To the melted butter add oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Drop a tablespoon full, three inches apart, onto your prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of your tablespoon, or use a spatula.
While the cookies are cooling melt your chocolate until smooth either in the microwave or by double boiling method. 
Peel the cookies from the silpat or parchment and place face down on a wire rack set over a sheet of wax/parchment paper 
Spread a tablespoon of chocolate on the bottom/flat side of your cookie, sandwiching another (flat end) cookie atop the chocolate.
Wishin u all a crunchy creamy baking :)!


  1. crumbsoflove

    February 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Wow- what an interesting panna cotta. I had no idea what a tree tomatoe was until I googled it and found out it was a tamarillo. I think I have only ever had it in a drink, never a fresh one. How lucky for you to have a tree!!

  2. Priya

    February 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Marvellous pannacotta and gorgeous cookies,both looks elegant..

  3. Zia Elle

    February 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I love the colors of you panna cotta!
    Your pictures are so nice!!
    Yammy recipe!

  4. Jay

    February 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    wow..absolutely vibrant n stunning..
    First time here..fascinating space you have..happy to follow u..:D
    do drop by mine sometime.
    Tasty appetite

  5. Happy Cook

    February 27, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I love the tomato jellie, sounds really intresting, pannacotta looks delish.

  6. Stephanie

    February 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I've never heard of tree tomatoes before! That looks really pretty

  7. Todd M

    February 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I had to look up what a tree tomato was but it looks fantastic – lovely presentation.

  8. Umm Mymoonah

    February 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Never heard about tree tomatoes, but your pannacotta and cookies looks great. I love your pictures, looks beautiful.

  9. Audax

    February 28, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I love tree tomato it is so tasty and my cockatoo loves them also that is a wonderful flavour well done. I love the look of the final panna cotta.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  10. Preety

    February 28, 2011 at 6:45 am

    both looks super yummy

  11. Priya's Feast

    February 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Wow..This is first time,i am cing tomato pannacotta,It luks gorgeous..Both luks perfect for party

  12. kitchen queen

    February 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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  13. Sarah Naveen

    February 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    loved both the creamy and crunchy treats..well presented too

  14. MandyM

    March 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Those tree tomatoes look amazing, I've never seen them before!

    Your panna cottas are beautiful, lovely work on the challenge 🙂

  15. Sirius73

    March 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    What a unique idea to use tomatoes. How did the end result taste?

  16. Lena Rashmin Raj

    March 3, 2011 at 4:08 am

    wowww.. never heard of such a combo… looks delicious… r u in tcr? im from thriprayar..n nw in bglr 🙂

  17. Hari Chandana

    September 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Wowww.. Beautiful pictures..

    Hats off to your sketch work Nimi..I did't know u were a multi talented person.. you are extremely talented I must say.. Wish I could learn art from you… 🙂

    Awesome Job !!!

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