A seasonal treat – in seconds!

The Christmas holiday always seems to fly by and there never seems to be enough time to do all the things I want to. So, to get a quick baking fix, it’s important to have some super speedy recipes up my sleeve. And florentines are one of my all time favourites at this time of year, with their sweet, jewelled fruit, and warm, dark chocolate nuttiness.

To make 12 florentines, you will need:

50g butter
50g caster sugar
1 tbsp double cream
50g mixed chopped nuts
25g mixed dried fruit or raisins
25g glacé cherries, roughly chopped
50g plain chocolate

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C / gas mark 4. Line two baking trays with baking parchment.
Melt the butter, sugar, and cream in a pan over a low heat, stirring gently. Remove from the heat and stir in the fruit and nuts.  Drop six teaspoons of the mixture on each baking tray, keeping the drops well apart. The mixture will be sloppy and will spread once in the oven.

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Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. They will be fairly uneven in shape, so gently nudge the edges of each florentine with a wooden spatula to coax them into “rounds”, then leave to cool.

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Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Turn the cooled florentines upside-down and spread each one with melted chocolate. When the chocolate has cooled a little, draw a fork through it to make wavy lines. Leave to cool thoroughly before serving.

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Perfect with coffee after dinner on New Year’s Eve, or for afternoon tea on New Year’s Day.

Happy New Year!

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