Homemade ♥ Florentines!
Prep Time:25 mins, Cook Time: 10 mins, Total Time: 35 mins plus cooling times
February 12, 2015
Sentimental reason number two. I have a special somebody to make Valentines treats for. A bit of a shocker I know, though I’m not going to divulge any details here other than to tell you he’s most definitely earned his florentines. Not least for constructing, digging and filling a magnificent set of raised veggie beds at Eat Your Veg HQ. I know it may sound strange to most of you but this is possibly the single most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me. And yes I probably do have a skewed sense of romance, but then that makes two of us!. Do watch out for progress on the veggie beds, now that Eat Your Veg are officially back in the growing game.
Explanations delivered, now for the florentines. As I said they’re not nearly as tricky as you might conceive. Simply a matter of warming a little (and I mean a little) unrefined sugar, butter and flour together, stirring through cream and then combining with an interesting mix of dried fruits and nuts. I used flaked almonds, hazelnuts, apricots, cranberries and sultanas though more traditional recipes use glace cherries which I chose to omit. Just go with whatever you happen to have in. Then of course a brief baking, shaping and cooling before slathering in a slick of chocolate. And they’re really very, very good. Probably too good!.
If your loved ones are more savoury inclined then don’t forget my Love Pie from last year, I’m making one this Valentines for The Monsters with beef cheeks.
Surprisingly packed with good stuff! Fruits and Nuts galore, Plain Chocolate too
Kids, Grown Ups, Treats, Valentines, Christmas, Special Occasions, Edible Gifts
Makes 10 medium sized florentines.
Vary your dried fruit and nuts, you could add seeds too.
Obviously my hearts were only for Valentines but you could just as easily, more easily even, make the traditional round florentines.
A lined baking sheet, a heart shaped cookie cutter if you want to make hearts, a cooling rack.
Homemade ♥ Florentines!
Ingredients Prep Time:25 mins, Cook Time: 10 mins, Total Time: 35 mins plus cooling times
60g soft brown sugar
10g plain flour
65ml double cream
50g flaked almonds
50g chopped hazelnuts
40g chopped apricots
100g plain chocolate, 70% cocoa (or you could use milk choc if you prefer)
1) Preheat your oven to 190ºc/170ºc fan/Gas Mark 5.
2) Place the butter, sugar and plain flour in a saucepan and warm together on a very gentle heat. When the butter’s fully melted gradually stir in the cream.
3) Remove the pan from the heat and stir in all the other ingredients except the chocolate. Combine well.
4) Place heaped teaspoons of the mixture onto your lined baking sheet and into a heart shaped cookie cooker, spread the mixture evenly with the back of the spoon and lift off the cutter. Leave a gap of 2.5 cm between the florentines as they will spread. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
OR If you want to make traditional rounds place heaped teaspoons of the mixture on the baking sheet and press down into a flat circle with the back of the spoon.
5) Place in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until they are golden brown.
6) Remove from the oven. If you’re making hearts you’ll need to lightly re-shape the mixture back into a heart shape as it will have spread. Use a teaspoon and the cookie cutter and ease the mixture back into the cutter. Leave to harden on the baking tray for 2/3 minutes before carefully removing with a spatula and placing on wire rack to cool.
7) Once completely cool, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water or very carefully in a microwave. Spoon a teaspoon of melted chocolate over the back of each florentine and spread it out with the back of the spoon. Leave to cool for a few minutes before making a traditional ‘wavy’ pattern with a fork through the chocolate. Leave to cool completely before scoffing, or giving to your nearest and dearest.