Holidays are coming… holidays are coming. Tis the season to be merry and eat chocolate. We’ve already cracked open the tin of Quality Street and are itching to make lots of edible treats… and it’s not quite December yet. A small Christmas tradition in our house is to enjoy a box of Florentines. These chewy, chocolatey, Christmassy delights always get eaten far too quickly, so this year I thought I’d try to make my own. This recipe is adapted from Jo Wheatley’s book, A Passion For Baking.
To make these Florentines you will need:
- 75g unsalted butter
- 75g golden syrup
- 75g plain flour
- 75g brown sugar
- 75g dried apricots, roughly chopped
- 75g dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- 75g desiccated coconut
- 75g flaked almonds
- 100g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
- 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Begin by melting the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a pan until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the apricots, cranberries, almonds, coconut and flour. Stir until the mixture is combined. You could substitute any of the dried fruit and nuts for your own favourites.
Place a teaspoon’s worth of the mixture onto a lined baking tray, making sure you leave gaps between each one to allow for spreading. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the mixture is golden brown.
Once the Florentines are cooked, leave them to cool and harden on the baking tray and transfer them onto a wire rack. While they are cooling, melt the dark and milk chocolate either in the microwave or over a pan of nearly boiling water.
Once the chocolate is melted spread a layer on the back of each Florentine. Return them to the wire rack, bottom side up, until the chocolate has set.
These Florentines make perfect Christmas presents in clear little gift bags… if you can bear to part with them.
~ Laura xx ~