As their name suggests, Florentines are an Italian “biscuit” that originally hail from Florence, Tuscany. In their most basic form they are essentially a group of nut and cherries set in caramel and coated on one side with dark chocolate. However, as with most concepts, there are a million-and-one variations on the classic (check out Wuthering Bites’ sterling recipe). As you can see, these are a little less fancy than her’s – mine are strictly flower free – though they remain mightily delicious. Though I must admit that the infamous Katherine should take full credit for these biscuits – she made them!
As you may have deduced, these are only biscuits by virtue of their shape – really, they’re more like a sweet (or dare I say it… candy). This is no bad thing, of course – Florentines may be a long shot from my traditionally British Christmas spiced biscuits, but I’m sure the biscuit community would be glad to keep them on board. Strangely enough, though Florentines are great for lighter weather, this particular recipe approaches the festive – perfect, considering the unseasonably cold weather we’re experiencing. After all, nothing engenders a festive spirit quite like chocolate and plump dried fruit! With that in mine, I bid you all a very jolly Easter – don’t go making yourselves sick with dangerous amounts of chocolate.
• 60g blanched almonds, roughly chopped
• 25g mixed peel
• 25g raisins
• 25g sultanas
• 25g dried cranberries
• 25g glace cherries
• 35g plain flour
• 75g butter
• 75g golden syrup
• 100g dark chocolate
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a tray with baking parchment. Melt together the butter and golden syrup. Remove from the heat, stir in the fruit and sift in the flour. Stir thoroughly.
2. Spoon the mixture onto the sheet in 1 tbsp dollops, flatten a little bit around 1 inch apart. Pop in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.
3. Allow to cool on parchment for 5-10 minutes until rigid, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack. Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over simmering water, coat the bottom of each Florentine. Leave to set chocolate side up before indulging.
Cost: The entire batch of delicious Florentines, which also happen to be perfect for Easter, come in at a mere £2 – beat that!
51 replies on “Florentines”
Thanks for the mention here Nick! These look positively yummy 🙂 mmmm
that’s fine, of course! Yours looked wonderful!
This is too damn good cookies,
love the amount of dried fruits that u’ve use within the recipes ….
The more the merrier!
These look divine! I can’t wait to try the recipe (albeit a slightly reduced sugar version).
Hope it goes well!
Actually – now that you remind me, I wish I had a handful of your Christmas spiced biscuits!
Better make some! 😉
YUM! I can feel the calories seeping down to my hips and that is just from looking at them! I have to go now…can’t afford the calories that are just about to rearrange themselves on my other bits!
They’re really not too bad if you look at the recipe list!
These are stunning! Over the winter holidays I made a bark that looked similar, but I love the idea of a delicate cookie topped with all those fruits and nuts!
Thanks! Give them a try, they’re really special.
I only just got into Florentines in the past year and I may or may not have been eating them for breakfast on a semi-regular basis…
Tut, Juls! 😀
Delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I tried these while visiting Sienna and they are just beautiful. I cant wait to give your version a try. BAM
Fantastic – I hope you do!
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These look so good and I love the fruit and chocolate combination!
Thanks – me too, it works so well.
They look lovely and yummy! Good on you, Infamous Katherine!
Haha – indeed!
These are beautiful!
Thanks – they are delicious too 🙂
mmm Yummy 🙂
They were so yummy 🙂
Well aren’t these just a little bit stunning! LOVE them x
Hehe – thanks, Gemma.
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Oh, those look glorious!
They look incredible – I’ve never thought of making them myself, they look so complex but you made it look straightforward (and beautiful)!
Thanks! You should, they are really simple!
Wow, these are gorgeous!
Thanks – they are mightily delicious too!
Oh yes… I do think I’ll be veganizing this someday! I’d never even heard of them!
You must, Somer! It would be so simple!
Those look great!
Thanks – they were yummy.
It is always interesting to see how many variations there are on the same “dish”. These don’t look at all like my Florentines and yet they are obviously variations of the same delicious cookie/candy. I enjoyed the post!
Thanks, Laurie – that’s the beauty of food, it can never get boring!
that is a million tasty look! I envy someone who know how to bake 🙁
If only I could convince my mother that these biscuits counted as breakfast food… Although we both love chocolate so much, it might not be that hard after all! I really like all of the colors in your florentines — so bright and cheerful!
Haha – make some for her, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind!
Not at all… She might even eat the entire batch! ;]
These look like gem-encrusted broaches, but I’m glad they’re edible! I really should turn my hand to making Florentines; they sound so versatile and bring elegance to the dessert tray.
A great description! I’m sure you’d do them great justice!
When it comes to applying the chocolate, you say “coat the bottom”. But what is your technique? Do you paint it on with a brush, or dip the bottom in the bowl of melted chocolate? My florentines came out pretty thin-edged, so when I hold them to skim the top of the chocolate, I dip my fingertips too. And I can’t pick up the next one with chocolatey fingers, so I have to wash my hands (or at least wipe the melted chocolate off) after every single one.
(If the florentines were just for me, I would have no qualms about licking my fingers between dippings!)
I guess just use whatever technique works for you. If I remember correctly I tend to dip!