Chai Panna Cotta with Honey Jelly- DB Challenge

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 am late posting my DB challenge this month. Truthfully, the date just crept up on me until I realized it was the 27th, and I didn't have many of the ingredients I needed. 

A quick search of the cabinets showed me that I could make the Florentine cookies, but I'd have to run to the store to make the Panna Cotta. Luckily, I was able to con my husband into being my errand boy.  He' s so sweet.  Most days:)

Anyway, once I was elbow deep in the baking challenge, I almost threw in the towel with the cookies.  I started out by halving the recipe, because I didn't need a ton of buttery cookies sitting around on a Monday.  Things were going well...until I forgot to half the amount for the last couple of ingredients.  So that led me to a mad dash of dumping in another half of the first few ingredients, trying to even everything out.  Are you following me?  Have I confused you yet?

Well, somewhere along the way I must have messed something up, because my Florentines turned out thicker than I believe they are supposed to be. I decided to go with it anyway, and just dipped and drizzled a few with chocolate, instead of sandwiching them.  They turned out OK.

The panna cotta was an experiment that turned out a lot better though. I substituted liquid chai concentrate for the milk, and the result was a smooth, creamy, spicy concoction that was very yummy.  Since I pretty much ruined the cookies, I tried to salvage my pride by layering the chai panna cotta with a honey jelly - the layered effect was inspired here.  I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself for the visual effect, even if the cookies were blah:)

Chai Panna Cotta with Honey Jelly
Honey Jelly
(adapted from Kitchen Wench)

1 2/3 cups cold water
1/3 cup strongly flavored honey
3 tsp powdered gelatin

Chai Panna Cotta
(adapted from Giada De Laurentis)

1/2 cup cold liquid Chai concentrate (I used Taco)
1 1/2 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp honey
1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
pinch of salt

For the Honey Jelly: Pour the water and honey into a pot, and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top. Set aside for 5 minutes, then cook over low heat, stirring constantly until it begins to come to a boil and the gelatin is dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly.

For the Chai Panna Cotta: Place the chai concentrate in a cold pan and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top.  Set aside for 5 minutes. Now cook the chai mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Do no let the mixture boil. Combine the cream, honey, sugar and salt, then pour over the gelatin mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the honey and sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot, but not boiling, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

~ Divide half of the honey jelly between 4 glasses. So you will pour about 1/8 of the mixture into each glass. Carefully place the glasses in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes - 1 hours.

~ When the first layer of honey jelly is set, carefully pour 1/8th of the panna cotta mixture into each glass, over the honey jelly. Carefully place back in the fridge for 30 minutes - 1 hours to set.  Repeat with a layer of honey jelly, followed by the panna cotta. When completed, you should have 4 layers, alternating honey jelly and panna cotta. Place back in the fridge for the final layer to set.

When ready to serve, remove from fridge and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes.  Enjoy!


Pam @ Sticks Forks Fingers said...

Amber, this looks gorgeous. I'm inspired (funny how inspiration begets inspiration) to try a panna cotta with some delicious and unique tea I tried yesterday (Yogi brand Aztec Sweet Chili) with an orange-blossom honey jelly.

And, really, how bad could your cookies be? They look pretty delicious to me!

Really nice photos, by the way!
My best, Pam

Lyndsey said...

These look and sound delicious! Stunning presentation and pics : )

Sandra said...

I saw a lot of these around but yours is by far the best looking! Masterpiece! Yummy!

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Your panna cotta looks absolutely divine! I love the layers of the jelly and panna cotta.

Your photos and styling are gorgeous.

Becky said...

Your panna cotta is outstanding! Perfect layers and great pics. I would eat your beautiful cookies.

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

Amber simply stunning! Love the pictures, love the pana cotta (which is a feast for the eyes) and love the cookies. I've seen quite a few pana cottas in my blogfeed today, but yours is one of the most unique flavors for sure.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Amber, what lovely photos!!! Your panna cotta stripes are just are the chocolate decorations on your cookies~

Kate @ said...

Those photos are absolutely gorgeous! If you don't want the cookies, I'll have them for you... :) They also look amazing.

Unknown said...

Wow! These look beautiful and dee-lish! I just found your site! I love it!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Amber your Panna Cotta and Florentines are just beautiful. What a lovely photo. I really love chai so I imagine that this will become a firm favorite. I really haven't worked with gelatin so I am inspired by you to try.

Zoe said...

The honey and Chai combination seems to be very therapeutic to me. Your photos and presentation are stunning!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Wow looks fabulous and wonderful flavors... Absolutely love it. Great work on this challenge.


chef_d said...

Wow that looks gorgeous! And i bet it tastes just as delicious! Beautiful pictures! Great job on this challenge!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

The panna cotta looks simply amazing! I love the honey jelly and the layering. it makes it so elegant!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Seriously...those cookies look amazing! The layers, the honey - all simply beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Your panna cotta is absolutely lovely to look at!!

Unknown said...

Wow! Both are stunning!! Love the layers in and panna cotta. Beautiful presentation. Cheers.

Celia said...

What a great combo! Nice flavor match-up, and gorgeous to boot.

Unknown said...

Beautiful job on the challenge! Both your cookies and your panna cotta look stunning and the flavour combination sounds like it was so perfect. I am definitely going to have to try the chai panna cotta!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Holly said...

GORGEOUS!! I love that layered look-the cookies look awesome too:) I just read on someone else's DB post that their cookies were thicker and chewier than they were supposed to be too-So maybe it doesnt have to do with your forgetting that you were halving the recipe;) heehee-{happens to me ALL the time}

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

Pictures look just perfect!

shelley c. said...

But how did the florentines taste?? Sorry they gave you a little bit of trouble, but I really don't think they look like a fail! :) And your panna cotta looks simply stunning. I am seriously thinking of trying that honey gelee!! Great job!

Mary said...

Your panna cotta is gorgeous and using chai concentrate is a great idea. I have the same problem with halving/doubling recipes--I screw it up every time. That said, I think your cookies are beautiful and your presentation is stunning.

radmegan said...

Wow. just beautiful.

Evan @swEEts said...

I love your flavors and presentation.. very well done on the challenge :) I liked seeing everyone's final products this time around!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I love your glasses. Fantastic job on this challenge =)

Sonia said...

This is an excellent panna cotta, loved addition of honey in it, makes it so yummy and healthy. I have seen number of bloggers with this recipe but yours has surpassed everybody, loved the natural color, may be becoz i love honey. I will surely try this recipe of yours...cheers !

Koci said...

Wow! That panna cotta looks simply divine. I love the different layers, and it sounds like a fantastic flavor combination. Great job on this challenge!!

Robyn Clarke said...

I love Chai, sounds like a fantastic combination.

Lisa said...

Wow...what gorgeous glasses of perfectly layered panna cotta and jelly, and your cookies look perfect too, definitely do not look like anything went awry - perfectly thin, golden and crisp. Beautifully done!

pulpixies said...

Wow your Panna Cotta looks amazing! I really love the pictures! I am trying to improve my photography, and your pictures are so you have any tips?

Tiffany said...

This is STUNNING! I love the flavor combo! (I'm working on a recipe for chai tea tres leches right now, so I was totally drawn to it!). And the honey jelly sounds to die for!

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...


Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

Monet said...

February did fly by! Your panna cotta looks so beautiful. Such a stunning dish. Thank you for sharing another bite of delicious goodness! I think your cookies look swell. And thank you for being so sweet on my own blog :-) I hope you have a great day tomorrow.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

YOur panna cotta and florentines look fabulous. Like your falvour combination very much.

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

I m so glad to have found your blog Amber.Beautiful pictures and recipes.Chai pannacotta looks yum.
Glad to follow you.

Emily Malloy said...

You are my hero. This is perfection.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

This is the first time I've seen your blog and I just love it! I'll be back. Your photos are incredible and I bet the food is too.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

WOW!! i cant get over how beautiful this looks. you are truly talented. thank you for sharing this post and have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Your photos are so pretty! These look so elegant.
Have a beautiful weekend!


Terra said...

What a fun idea to use honey jelly, that would compliment the Panna Cotta beautifully! The pictures are soooo pretty:)

amish baby crib said...

The photos are so stunning! It just made me so hungry! I want to try it.

Magic of Spice said...

Absolutely gorgeous and I love the flavor choice for your panna cotta, brilliant!

a frog in the cottage said...

oustanding !! absolutely perfect !! beautiful !

Lea said...

I love the way you striped chocolate on your florentine cookies! Looks great :)
And it's beautiful that the gelée layers of your panna cotta are transparent :)
Amazing job :)

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