Sunday, 17 August 2014

Florentines- My way and the right way #GBBO

So, this week we attempted Florentines.
Once before 'The Great British Bake Off'.
Once after.
Because of course afterwards you realise exactly what might be lacking!

As it was, we managed two successful batches.
Due to the ingredients we used in batch one, we didn't get 'the spreading effect'.
I think they absorbed the mixture too much.
Although, we'll be enjoying both in the future as they were both inhaled in record time.
And I'm convinced the fruit and nut content make them healthy.
White Chocolate Florentines (Debbie style) 
25g butter
75g golden caster sugar
10g plain flour
65ml double cream
50g chopped almonds
25g ground almonds
25g pistachios, chopped
50g desiccated coconut
50g mixed peel
25g glacé cherries, chopped
175g white chocolate
Dark Chocolate Florentines
25g butter
75g golden caster sugar
10g plain flour
65ml double cream
50g pistachios, cut into thin slivers
50g whole almonds, cut into thin slivers
50g flaked almonds
25g mixed peel
50g glacé cherries, chopped
175g dark chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven at 190oC/ Gas mark 5.
  2. Add the sugar, flour and butter to a small saucepan, and over a low heat, stir until the mixture has added.
  3. Slowly add the cream, stirring slowly and constantly, until the mixture is combined well and smooth in texture.
  4. Add to the mixture the peel, cherries and nuts. Once combined, remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  5. As you need to use the hottest part of the oven, it's better to bake one sheet of Florentines at a time.
  6. Taking your lined baking sheet, add heaped teaspoonfuls, leaving around 2cm between each.
  7. Flatten the mixture with a spoon in to a rough circle.
  8. Put in the oven, on the top shelf, and bake for 8-10 minutes- or until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven, and leave to cool for a few minutes and then cool fully on a cooling rack.
  10. Repeat with the second tray.
  11. Melt the chocolate, either in a Bain-Marie or in a microwave.
  12. With the Florentines baked side-up, use a teaspoon to coat the base with chocolate.
  13. Leave to cool slightly, and with a fork etch a wiggly line on the base.
  14. Leave to cool completely and enjoy.
To see more takes on this week's Great British Bake Off, pop along to Mummy Mishaps.


  1. i think these all look so tasty and delicious i would have happily sampled one or two from each batch myself! If i had made them, i would have used white chocolate
    thank you for joining in x

  2. Oooh these look so yummy! I love how you made both dark and white chocolate ones x #greatbloggersbakeoff2014

  3. Ooh they look yummy, like the idea of the white choc version! #greatbloggersbakeoff2014


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