These traditional Italian biscuits are made from a combination of a caramel biscuit mix crammed full of fruit and nuts, and a thick chocolate base. Topped with edible gold decorations, they are the perfect home-made Christmas gift.
50g/1¾oz demerara sugar
50g/1¾oz golden syrup
50g/1¾oz plain flour
- 2tsp mixed spice
25g/1oz glacé cherries, roughly chopped
- 50g/2oz dried berries & nuts (I used cranberries, blueberries & sultanas in this berry & nut sprinkle pack from Waitrose)
25g/1oz almonds, finely chopped
200g/7oz milk chocolate
- edible gold stars and gold balls
- Line two baking trays with silicon sheets or grease and flour (don't use greaseproof paper as the biscuit will stick to it).
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
- Heat the butter, sugar and syrup in a small saucepan and stir together until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat and add in the flour and mixed spice, stir through thoroughly.
- Add the dried fruit and nuts to the pan. Stir well to mix.
- Place six desert spoon sized dollops of mixture onto each baking tray, leaving plenty of room around each one for it to spread during cooking.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown.
- Leave the florentines to cool before lifting onto a cooling rack using a palette knife.
- Use a bain marie or place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (without letting the bowl touch the water) to melt the chocolate over the heat.
- Spread a teaspoon of melted chocolate onto another silicon baking tree, spreading it around to create a flattish disc. Place each biscuit part of the florentine onto a chocolate disc. Add the gold balls and decorations to the biscuit topping while still soft.
- Chill to set the chocolate and remove from the silicon tray.
- Store in an airtight container.
Waitrose have conducted a survey which shows that people enjoy giving homemade Christmas desserts and baked treats as a gift at Christmas. The majority of respondents thought that a homemade gift means more than a bought one as it shows more thought and effort has been put into it. Waitrose have a wide range of tasty treats and DIY desserts which are ideal for gifts this Christmas.
I was sent a gift voucher in order to purchase the ingredients for this post.
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