Friday, 20 December 2013

French Florentines :) The Five Recipes Of Christmas #3

One of favourite little nibbles! They're delicious and an amazing treat!
They'd be amazing as little wrapped up Christmas presents! CUTE!

The best Florentines I get my hands on are from my very own, TESCO! For £2.69 which is great because they're divine. They're almond florentines by Jules Destrooper.

Here's a little recipe I found, edited and modified...

25g butter (salted or unsalted it doesn't matter)
50g caster sugar,
15g light brown sugar,
1tsp orange zest,
10g plain flour,
65ml single cream,
75g flaked almonds,
20g whole almonds, (chopped rough and small)
30g chopped pecans, (optional)
1/3 tsp vanilla,
1 tbsp honey,
1/4 tsp salt,
1 tbsp orange juice,
50g white chocolate,
50g milk chocolate, 
50g dark chocolate.

In a saucepan melt the butterand honey, add the flour and sugar (continuously stirring) over a low heat being cautious not to burn. 
Gradually add the cream at this stage, slow so the mixture doesn't seize up. 
Add the remainder of the ingredients except for the chocolate. 
Scoop about teaspoon sized florentines onto a lined baking sheet and make sure they're slightly flat. (They need to be about 2/3cm apart so the mixture can spread)
Flatten then slightly and bake for around 10-12 minutes, keep an eye on them after about 9 minutes.

Then melt all the chocolate individually ( I recommend using the heat proof bowl over saucepan of simmering water technique) -this way it will melt a lot more evenly than a microwave.
Then dip each florentine about a third over the florentine. Place onto a lined baking sheet and leave to set for a minute. Then re-dip the florentines (if the bowl of chocolate had set/thickened just set it back onto the off saucepan) allow to cool on the baking sheet again. 
Then re-dip again and allow to cool. 

For thing like this I'd recommend using good quality chocolate, you don't have to spend megabucks, but maybe your supermarket's finest range. You won't regret it.

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