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Nimi's Culinary Ventures: A creamy and crunchy treat for this months DB!

Feb 27, 2011

A creamy and crunchy treat for this months DB!

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 :)!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!!

February 27, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Blogger Priya said...

Marvellous pannacotta and gorgeous cookies,both looks elegant..

February 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Blogger Zia Elle said...

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

February 27, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Blogger Jay said...

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

February 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Blogger Happy Cook said...

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

February 27, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Blogger Stephanie said...

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

February 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Blogger Todd M said...

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

February 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Blogger Umm Mymoonah said...

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

February 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Blogger Audax said...

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.

February 27, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Blogger Preety said...

both looks super yummy

February 27, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Blogger Priya's Feast said...

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

February 28, 2011 at 4:38 AM

Blogger kitchen queen said...

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February 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Blogger Sarah Naveen said...

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

February 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Anonymous MandyM said...

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

Your panna cottas are beautiful, lovely work on the challenge :)

March 1, 2011 at 2:34 AM

Blogger Sirius73 said...

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

March 1, 2011 at 4:53 AM

Blogger Lena Rashmin Raj said...

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

March 2, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Blogger Hari Chandana said...

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 !!!

September 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM


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