I had seen this recipe over at London Eats and decided I should finally make Florentines. They have always been a favourite of mine but my first attempt many years ago had them spread across the baking tray like wafer ginger snaps and it put me off trying again. That’s baking them you do understand not eating them. So when I saw this recipe I realised that the small addition of flour probably prevented this from happening and decided it was time to expel the Florentine demon and have another go. Mine didn’t quite go as crunchy as you would expect with Florentines, perhaps I was a little impatient with the cooking of the mixture before spooning them out onto the tray but everyone enjoyed them and perhaps they were more preferable to those with dodgy teeth :o)
- • 85g butter
• 85g golden syrup
• 30g plain flour
• 60g flaked almonds
• 15g preserved ginger, sliced
• 15g candied peel, finely chopped
• 60g sultanas
• 60g cherries, quartered
• 100g plain chocolate
• 50g milk chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly grease a non-stick baking tray
- Melt butter and syrup in a pan and bring to the boil, then add all other ingredients apart from the chocolate. Allow the mixture to cook for 2-3 minutes (it should thicken slightly).
- Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheet, flatten slightly and cook for 8-10 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes until hard (when they come out of the oven, if they have spread too much, use a spoon to push the edges back into shape while still soft). Move the Florentines to a wire rack to cool completely(**). If they seem oily from all that butter, place the warm biscuits on kitchen paper.
- Once the Florentines are cool, melt the chocolate in a double boiler, and coat the base of each biscuit. If you like, use a fork to make a wave pattern or swirl on the base of each Florentine.
- (**) If the biscuits do not come from the tray when they have hardened, place the tray over a hob flame for a couple of seconds, and then they should come right off!
Mmm, florentines are one of my favourite sweet treats! Always so tempted at the farmers market >.< Am also super scared of trying them myself!
Love florentines – a favourite of mine, chewy, choclatey, nutty, fruity…have never tried to make them but now keen to give them a go.
Gorgeous looking florentines Alli – I have never been brave enough to try making them, but you’ve inspired me to have a go. Love the cherries in these. One of my favourite cafes in Christchurch, which sadly got totalled in the earthquake, use to make great florentines and they used to put prunes in them – yum 🙂
Love prunes too, I’m sure they would have been yum, hope you are finding some new cafes you like up this way?
OMG this is so funny! I just came to check out your blog, and thought those florentines looked familiar. Hope you liked them – I think you’re right, they are probably a little softer than you normally have, but I think they are nicer as everything turns into one big sweet, spicy, fruity, chocolaty mass as you eat them. They look great – well done.
Have always wanted to try making florentines, they look like they’d be a beautiful gift. Also, I adore your plate!