Saturday, 9 May 2015

Fruity Florentines

Florentines are one of my Mum's favourite sweet treats; so I made her some as a thank you for always looking after me when I'm not feeling my best. I absolutely love florentines too and they are surprisingly easy to make.

What you'll need: (Makes 8 small florentines)

-200g flaked almonds (1 bag's worth)
-4 tbsp agave nectar or honey
-1 handful of cranberries
-3 soft dried apricots
-100g 90% dark chocolate (for dairy free)

How to make:
Pre-heat your oven to 190 fan

Mix together in a bowl the almonds and agave nectar. Chop up the dried fruit into small chunks and place them into the bowl with the almonds and mix well. Place the mixture onto a baking parchment paper lined tray but try not to spread the mixture out too thinly. Keep an eye on the mixture as it cooks, give it a few shakes if some areas are cooking quicker than others. It should take around 10 minutes for it to get all crispy and sticky. Once it is golden brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes but not too long otherwise the mixture will be impossible to work with. Using a small pastry cutter to help create the circular shape, spoon the mixture into the cutter and press down to stick it all together, then lift the cutter (carefully) and repeat with the rest of the mixture. Once you have used all the mixture to create the circular shaped florentines, place them into the fridge for a few minutes so they are strong enough to be picked up and dunked into the melted chocolate.

Next, you will need to melt the dark chocolate - break up the chocolate into small pieces and place in a ban marie to melt or a use a microwave. Dunk the flat side into the chocolate then place the plain side face-down on a plate/tray. Pop them into the fridge again for a few minutes until all the chocolate has hardened. Enjoy with a nice hot cuppa tea or coffee - I hope you like these as much as I do.


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