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Monday, 19 November 2012

Festive Florentines

Christmas is coming, there's no getting away from it. Just 5 weeks today we'll be frantically wrapping presents and peeling veg ready for the big day. As usual I'll be giving a few edible homemade gifts, once I figure out what I'm going to be making. The lovely Ruth Clemens from The Pink Whisk (I once travelled with her to a book launch and waffled for most of the journey about nonsense!) has teamed up with Persil to create some festive family recipes. At the weekend I made a variation of her Florentines, which turned out great so I'll definitely be making more just before Christmas to give away as gifts.

You can see her You Tube tutorial for the Florentines here :



I decided to make it even more festive and use dried cranberries, and substituted the flour for ground almonds and added a little ginger.

Festive Florentines - makes 12

50g Golden syrup
50g Stork baking liquid
50g Demerara sugar
50g Ground Almonds
45g Flaked almonds
50g dried Cranberries
50g Sultanas
1 tsp ground Ginger
150g Milk chocolate

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Heat the golden syrup, stork baking liquid and sugar in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the ground almonds, flaked almonds, cranberries, sultanas and ginger. Mix well.
  • Spoon onto the baking sheets, spaced well apart - 6 per tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, or in the microwave on short bursts
  • Coat the back of each florentine with the melted chocolate and allow too set.

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Afterwards my saucepan was a bit sticky so the husband was thankful for my his new bottle of Persil Warm Spice washing up liquid - perfect for all those Christmas pans and plates.

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Ruth Clemens has created a range of recipes to celebrate the launch of Persil's Limited Edition Warm Spice Washing Up Liquid. For more information and recipes visit www.persildishwash.co.uk





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