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Category: parenting

Duration: medium

Age: parent

Keywords: parenting, baking with kids


Florentines are easy to whip up. They can be made several days before an occasion and stored in an airtight container. It’s a great festive treat and this recipe combines the delicate and varied flavours of glace cherries and slivered almonds to wonderful effect.

Florentines with chocolate topping


  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped glace cherries
  • 2 tablespoons mixed peel
    75g unsalted butter
    1/3 cup soft brown sugar
    180 g dark chocolate (chopped up)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line tray with baking paper
  3. Sift flour into a bowl. Add walnuts, almonds, cherries and mixed peel.
  4. Place butter and brown sugar in saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves and butter melts. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the melted butter and sugar to the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir gently and avoid overmixing.
  7. Place teaspoons of the mix on the baking tray making sure to space them at least 6cm apart. Press them down gently using the side of a knife.
  8. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and using the knife press the biscuits gently into rounds.
  10. Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack until completely cooled.
  11. Place the chocolate pieces into a heatproof bowl.
  12. Fill half a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Remove from heat.
  13. Place bowl containing chocolate over it and stir until chocolate has melted. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate in the microwave, checking on it every 30 seconds or so.
  14. Using a flat bladed knife swirl the chocolate on the underside of the Florentines.

Makes: 10

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