Recipe: Almond and hazelnut florentines

Almond and hazelnut florentines

Almond and hazelnut florentines

A delicious and festive Christmastime treat that makes a nice change to the biscuit jar for when guests pop round (although I wouldn’t recommend dipping them in your tea!) They look rather fancy, so are sure to impress, yet are quick and easy to make – perfect for this time of year when there is so much baking to be done.

Ingredients:

45g cut mixed peel

45g glacé cherries, diced

45g roasted chopped hazelnuts

45g blanched flaked almonds

45g butter

55g caster sugar

1 tbsp double cream

115g dark chocolate

Almond and hazelnut florentines

Almond and hazelnut florentines

Method:

  • Combine the nuts, cherries and peel in a bowl
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the sugar, heating gently until dissolved
  • Bring the mixture to the boil and pour onto the fruit and nut mixture
  • Add the cream and mix thoroughly
  • Place little mounds of the mixture (no more that a heaped tsp) onto your prepared baking trays – ensure they are spaced well apart as the mixture will spread!
  • Bake in batches in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown
  • When out of the oven, use a round pastry cutter to press the florentines into a perfectly round shape
  • Place on a wire rack to cool
  • Break up the chocolate into a small bowl and melt over a pan of boiling water, stirring until smooth
  • When cool, spread the bottom of each florentine with chocolate and place chocolate side up to cool
  • Before the chocolate completely dries, use a fork or toothpick to mark it with wavy lines