Sunday sweets – Florentines

Posted on: June 6th, 2010 by admin 4 Comments

Florentines, even the word sounds delicious.  When the gorgeous Alex requested a fruity chocolatey cookie, we all thought florentines were the obvious choice.  There are lots of different options for combinations of nuts, corn-flakes, condensed milk etc, but we think this recipe is the perfect mélange (oh my French is getting better) of ingredients.  It has a satisfying fruit/nut/chocolate ratio.

  • 1 c (100g) flaked almonds
  • 2/3 c (50g) coconut flakes/dessicated
  • scant 1/2 c (100g) glace cherries (red and/or green), chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cream
  • 1/3 c plain flour
  • 100g (3.5oz) butter
  • 1/3 c caster sugar
  • 200g (7oz) melted chocolate (dark or milk, your choice)
  • optional:
  • 1 Tbsp crystalised ginger or raisins or cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp crushed walnuts or hazelnuts

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and line 2 oven trays with baking paper or a silpat. (Silicone mat)

Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add caster sugar and stir over a low heat until sugar dissolves, then turn off the heat and add the cream. Stir in the nuts, coconut, fruit and flour and mix well to combine.  If you find your mixture not quite holding together, add a little more butter, or a spoonful of honey to the mix.

Place teaspoons of the mixture onto oven trays, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.

Once florentines are cooled spread underside of each biscuit with melted chocolate or dip half the cookie in the chocolate and allow to set on a wire rack.  Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over water.  You can do this by boiling a saucepan of water and placing a heat-proof bowl over top to melt the chocolate in.  Watch the chocolate itself doesn’t boil, you want a nice smooth melt.

We hope these go down well in the Chambers/Rowney household :) Recipe adapted from a cookie calendar I received a few years ago (I’ll find out the name)

Song for this recipe:

“Between two lungs” – Florence + the Machine Florence + The Machine - Lungs - Between Two Lungs

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4 Responses

  1. Alexandra says:

    Hip hip hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for posting this recipie, can’t wait!! Xoxo

  2. Alexandra says:

    Which step does the creme go in?

  3. admin says:

    !! It’s OK now! I get so into the recipe when I write it down sometimes I skip things! The cream is a bit of a special ingredient too, not always necessary, but I feel it makes them perfect… I hope they turned out for you!! XO

  4. Hmm…the photo looks yummy! And I love anything with chocolate on it! =)

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