Florentines – Chica Finally Makes Something Sweet

I know, I know, I can’t remember the last time I posted a recipe for something sweet and a little naughty. We all have to be naughty sometimes don’t we? And these bite sized Florentines really hit the spot and are a perfect gift to take along when you go visiting.

Florentines

I made these recently when we went for lunch with a pal to my parents. We’re not really a family of dessert eaters generally, but a little treat like this with a cup of strong coffee after a perfect lunch is a great way to round things off. And I know my mum has a soft spot for these little almond and chocolate biscuits so that was a good enough reason for me to have a go at making them.

They’re not all that difficult to make, you just have to keep an eye on them at each stage so that you don’t end up with burnt nuts (and nobody wants burnt nuts do they?!). Set aside a couple of hours and put a pot of your favourite coffee on to brew and you’ll enjoy a wonderful, creative afternoon making these sweet treats.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 tsp flour
  • 100ml double cream
  • 50g/2oz flaked almonds toasted
  • 20g chopped hazlenuts
  • 100g/4oz dried sour cranberries and glace cherries finely chopped
  • 150g/5oz good quality dark chocolate broken into pieces (I did a few with white chocolate too)

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Heat the butter, syrup and flour in a pan over a medium heat, stirring continuously, until the butter has melted
  3. Gradually add the cream, stirring continuously until well combined.
  4. Add the nuts and fruit and mix well until combined.
  5. Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper and place teaspoonfuls of the florentine mixture onto it. Space the teaspoonfuls out at 2.5cm/1in intervals so they don’t merge together when heated.
  6. Transfer the florentines to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden-brown. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn.
  7. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on the tray, then transfer the florentines to a cooling rack. Be patient here, they need to be cool otherwise they will break easily when still warm and soft.
  8. Bring a little water to a simmer in a pan. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the chocolate pieces and stir until smooth and melted.
  9. Turn the florentines so that the flat base is facing upwards. Spread the melted chocolate over the florentine bases and set aside to cool and set. I used a pastry brush to do this.

Although keeping them in the fridge will cause the chocolate to lose its shine, I found that the warmth of my kitchen caused them to soften so I kept them cool. This crisped them up and they tasted great!

Inspired by a BBC Recipe

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40 thoughts on “Florentines – Chica Finally Makes Something Sweet

  1. I love Florentines! Bought the stuff to make the at Christmas, but still have not made them. They look so good. Soon, soon.

  2. These look heavenly. I’ve noticed two camps in the cooking world, bakers and savory meal makers. I do think it’s cool to be able to go back and forth between the two, which I’m trying to do. I”m not much of a baker and I try not to keep sweets in the house, but every once in a while, it’s cool to try your hand at it. Yours came out lovely. How could anything with nuts, and butter come out badly?!

  3. Oh you temptress! What scrumptious little victuals these are! I especially love that you resisted using the usual dark chocolate on them and went with white. The result is both pretty and less rich and you could fit more of them into your mouth hamster style before you had to stop…I reckon…going on the look of them…I could get…maybe…erm…5 of them into my mouth before choking on flaked almonds but WHAT A WAY TO GO! 🙂 I fear (stupid) Stevie-boy is not a fan of nuts…and I am (how shall I say this without revealing how alarmingly rotund my derriere has become over the last few months…) “abstaining from unnecessaries” (I think I pulled that off nicely…”necessaries” being anything that fits into my mouth with the calorie quotient of cabbage…sigh…) but I can dream…(emmm scrumptious florentines…move on over Mr Pitt, Mr Depp and especially you Mr Junior, I no longer need to avail myself of your sumptuousness…there is a new kid on the block!)

    1. I like the idea of being a temptress! Yes, I think you could get 5 into your mouth at once but you probably wouldn’t be able to chew so would have to wait patiently for the chocolate to dissolve to give room for manoeuvre 😉 And I think abstaining from unnecessaries is potentially dangerous for your health – we all need to be a little unnecessary from time to time!

      1. My problem is that I take the unnecessaries and I turn them into necessaries and I have a very…BIG…appetite with very little desire to listen to that little willpower voice…I keep pretending that I don’t understand it as I stuff delicious things into my gaping maw…”sorry? No speaka da eengleesh…non comprende…nom…nom… eh?” 😉

  4. I agree, sometimes we just have to be naughty! And with the weekend here, a plate full of these delicious golden brown goodies with a hot cuppa Chai sounds just perfect:) Love the recipe!

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