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Florentines #2

ingredients

makes 10
50 g (1 3/4 oz) 10 tsp butter
50 g (1 3/4 oz) 1/4 cup caster (superfine) sugar
25 g (1 oz) 1/4 cup plain (all-purpose) flour, sieved (strained)
50 g (1 3/4 oz) 1/3 cup almonds, chopped
50 g (1 3/4 oz) 1/3 cup chopped mixed peel
25 g (1 oz) 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
25 g (1 oz) 2 tbsp glace (candied) cherries, chopped
finely grated rind of 1/2 lemon
125 g (4 1/2 oz) dark chocolate, melted

method

1. Line 2 large baking trays (cookie sheets) with baking parchment.

2. Heat the butter and caster (superfine) sugar in a small saucepan until the butter has just melted and the sugar dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat.

3. Stir in the flour and mix well. Stir in the chopped almonds, mixed peel, raisins, cherries and lemon rind. Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture well apart on the baking trays (cookie sheets).

4. Bake in a preheated oven, at 180°C/ 350°F/Gas Mark 4, for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

5. As soon as the florentines are removed from the oven, press the edges into neat shapes while still on the baking trays (cookie sheets), using a biscuit (cookie) cutter. Leave to cool on the baking trays (cookie sheets) until firm, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

6. Spread the melted chocolate over the smooth side of each florentine. As the chocolate begins to set, mark wavy lines in it with a fork. Leave the florentines until set, chocolate side up.

Replace the dark chocolate with white chocolate or, for a dramatic effect, cover half of the florentines in dark chocolate and half in white.

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