White chocolate-cardamon panna cotta

The scent of cardamon gives this gorgeous panna cotta an exotic flavor.

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Serves 6

6 green cardamom pods
1½ cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and reserved
2 tsp. unflavored powdered gelatin
12 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
Zest of 1 orange
⅓ cup orange marmalade
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
1 orange, peeled of pith and segmented

Place the cardamom pods in an 8″ skillet over high heat, and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until charred and blistered in spots, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and using a wooden spoon, crush to expose seeds; then transfer to a 2-qt. saucepan along with cream, ¾ cup milk, ¼ tsp. salt, and vanilla bean with seeds; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat, and let steep for 10 minutes. Combine the remaining milk and gelatin in a small bowl; let sit to soften gelatin, about 5 minutes.

Place the white chocolate in a bowl, and pour the steeped cream mixture and gelatin mixture over the chocolate; let sit for 1 minute. Using a small rubber spatula, slowly stir the chocolate from the center until the gelatin dissolves, and the mixture emulsifies and is smooth.Pour through a fine strainer into a large glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Divide the mixture among six 6–8-oz. shallow ramekins or custard molds, and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.

Meanwhile, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch in a 2-qt. saucepan; add the juice, liqueur, and zest. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring often, until thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the marmalade and butter until smooth; let cool to room temperature. Add the orange segments, and stir gently to combine with the sauce; set aside.

To serve, run a paring knife around the edge of each ramekin, invert the panna cotta onto a small plate, and spoon the orange sauce on the side.

The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

I am posting this direct from another blog called Red Spoon, as they are so outrageously good.
Adapted to use milk chocolate instead of bittersweet, as it’s more gooey!
Makes 1 1/2 dozen 5 inch cookies
2 cups minus 2 tbsp (8 1/2 oz) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 oz) bread flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 oz) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tbsp (8 oz) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 lbs milk chocolate disks or feves
sea salt
Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in the vanilla extract. Reduce the speed to low, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and fold them in without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against the dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
Scoop 3x 1/2oz mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls!) onto the baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie.
Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes.
Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack for 0 minutes then slip the cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more.
Repeat with remaining dough,  or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.
Eat warm with a big napkin and a very tall glass of milk