F is for Florentines

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 
  • 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


  1. 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. 
  2. Once combined, remove from the heat and whisk in the flour.
  3. Add the cherries, almonds, pistachios and orange zest. 
  4. Scoop tablespoons of the mixture onto the biscuit sheet. Leave room for the biscuits to spread. 
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until they begin to brown at the sides. 
  6. Leave to cool for 2-3 mins before transferring the biscuits to a wire cooling rack. 
  7. Allow the biscuits to cool completely. 
  8. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. 
  9. Spoon chocolate onto cooled biscuits. 
  10. Use a fork to put wavy lines through the chocolate.