Florentines are biscuits steeped in history and also a great deal of controversy. The names suggests that these wonderful little delights originate from Florence, Italy. However, several countries and cultures have laid claim to these biscuits over the years. I can’t give the answer as to the origins of these decadent delights, but I can tell you that they are popular and moreish. They are a hit in my house and are always seen as a treat. We eat them in picnics, after dinner or with a glass of milk in the afternoon. They also work well as a homemade gift. Preheat the oven to 160° C.
You will need:
- A biscuit baking tray lined with parchment paper
- Microwave safe bowl
- 50g salted butter
- 50g light brown sugar
- 50g golden syrup
- 50g plain flour
- 50g chopped glace cherries
- 75g flaked almonds
- 50g chopped pistachios
- 2 oranges, zested
- 175g dark chocolate
- Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over a low heat. Be sure to stir continuously to avoid the sugar or syrup catching on the bottom of the pan.
- Once combined, remove from the heat and whisk in the flour.
- Add the cherries, almonds, pistachios and orange zest.
- Scoop tablespoons of the mixture onto the biscuit sheet. Leave room for the biscuits to spread.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until they begin to brown at the sides.
- Leave to cool for 2-3 mins before transferring the biscuits to a wire cooling rack.
- Allow the biscuits to cool completely.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave.
- Spoon chocolate onto cooled biscuits.
- Use a fork to put wavy lines through the chocolate.