Florentines
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Ingredients

  • 60g (2 oz) unsalted butter
  • 170g (6 oz)  golden caster sugar
  • 30g (1 oz) plain flour
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) double cream
  • 115g (4 oz) flaked almonds
  • 115g (4 oz) whole toasted almonds or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 85g (3 oz) flaked coconut
  • 85g (3 oz) dried apricots, chopped
  • 60g (2 oz) dried cherries
  • 200g (7 oz) dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C fan (190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5).
  2. Melt the butter with the sugar in a saucepan over a low heat. When the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is golden and bubbling, add the flour and mix until smooth over a low heat. Remove from the heat and slowly add the cream, stirring the whole time until smooth and glossy.
  3. Add the flaked almonds, chopped almonds or pecans, coconut flakes, apricots and cherries and mix well until everything is combined and covered with the creamy mixture.
  4. Line four baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Drop the mixture in heaped teaspoonfuls on to the greaseproof paper, ensuring there is about 2cm between each heap of mixture.
  5. Place in the preheated oven near the top and bake for 12–15 minutes (switch the baking sheets around halfway through).
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3–4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack – use a flat palette knife to move the Florentines. Leave to cool completely.
  7. Melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Coat the flat underside of each Florentine with chocolate and allow to set slightly before zigzagging a fork across the chocolate to make a pattern. Then leave chocolate-side up, to set completely.

Notes

Preparation time: 15 mins

Makes: 38 - 40

Nutrition: n/a

 

Tip

Feel free to change the fruit and nuts if you want!