Florentine biscuits

    30 min

    The Italian biscuit is made with nuts and dried fruit, then baked in caramel and then dipped in chocolate. Who can resist?


    Buckinghamshire, England, UK
    4 people made this

    Makes: 40 florentines

    • 100g (3 1/2 oz) butter or margarine
    • 110g (4 oz) caster sugar
    • 110g (4 oz) mix of walnuts and almonds, chopped
    • 30g (1 oz) sultanas, chopped
    • 30g (1 oz) glace cherries, chopped
    • 30g (1 oz) mixed peel, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon whipping or double cream
    • 20g (3/4 oz) plain flour
    • 110g (4 oz) plain chocolate, melted

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line some baking trays with rice paper.
    2. Melt butter, add the sugar and dissolve, then boil gently for 1 minute.
    3. Add all the other ingredients except the chocolate and mix well. Cool slightly.
    4. Spoon the mixture in small, well-shaped heaps onto the baking trays about 8-10cm apart and bake for about 12 minutes in the centre of the oven until golden brown. Remove and cool.
    5. When cooled, spread the backs with melted chocolate.

    Other ideas:

    Instead of glace cherries and mixed peel, you can also use 50g (2 oz) chopped glace fruit.

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