When we were kids, my mom and dad always made Christmas magical. On Christmas Eve we would go and see family and when we arrived back home, gifts were scattered all over the house. Even the milk and cookies we put out were demolished. It blew our minds! It was only in my tweens, I discovered a huge pink teddy hidden in my dad's cupboard, I realised my parents were "Santa''. Nonetheless, they continued with the tradition for our younger brother and sister. Christmas has always been a special time for me, I couldn't care less about the gifts but more about the effort my parents put in to make it special for us. So with that in mind, I give you an easy recipe for Florentines, because one has to have fruit and nuts during the festive season. And chocolate of course. "Santa" will surely love these festive treats with a cold glass of milk. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. See you in 2017! xx
- 125 g butter
- 140 g (175 ml) brown sugar
- 45 ml (3 T) honey
- 125 ml (1/2 c) cake flour
- a good pinch of salt
- 100 g mixed nuts roughly chopped
- 100 g raw almonds roughly chopped
- 100 g dried cranberries
- 50 g cashew nuts roughly chopped
- 50 g glace cherries roughly chopped
- 150 g dark chocolate broken into blocks
- Preheat the oven to 160 Degrees Celsius.
- Melt the butter, sugar and honey together in a small heavy-based pot ( I used AMC Cookware's 16 cm Gourmet High saucepan), once the sugar is dissolved, bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour, salt, nuts and fruit. Mix until well combined.
- Place a tablespoonful of the mixture on a large or 2 medium baking trays lined with baking paper. Leave room in between for spreading. You should get 14 spoonfuls. Flatten them.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and while hot, push in the edges to form even circles. I use a round cookie cutter to help shape them.
- Allow to cool until cold to the touch.
- Place the chocolate in a medium stainless steel or glass bowl that fits snug over a medium pot filled half way with water. Make sure the water doesn't touch the base of the bowl. Melt over low heat until chocolate is smooth and glossy.
- Spread onto the bases or bottoms of the florentines and allow to cool until chocolate sets.
- You may need to pop them in the fridge for a bit as we are in the peak of summer!
- Store in an airtight container.
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