Monday, 20 December 2010

Mini Florentines - A Cheat's Recipe

Last year I made some gorgeous florentines for Christmas, but I've been ill over the last week and haven't wanted to be in the kitchen (or, frankly, awake) very much. Still, it wouldn't be Christmas without florentines, so I made a super-speedy imitation.

Of course, you could play around with different fruits and nuts - pistachios would give a bit of added colour, and raisins or cranberries would be traditionally Christmassy. The recipe below reflects what I used, and they passed the husband taste test. They're really tiny, so each one melts in the mouth, and you can treat yourself to a few without feeling guilty. You might want to make more than one batch... I wish I had!

mini florentine bites

Mini Florentine Bites
Makes 30

100g dark chocolate (I spiced mine up a bit)
15 hazelnuts
8 pecan nuts
8 cherries
flaked almonds, toasted
candied peel

  1. Start melting the chocolate.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the hazelnuts in half, and cut the pecans and cherries into quarters.
  3. Divide the melted chocolate between 30 silicone cake cases, or (if you don't have these) make drops onto a large sheet of greaseproof paper.
  4. Before the chocolate hardens, arrange on each chocolate disc: ½ hazelnut, ¼ pecan nut, ¼ cherry, a couple of pieces of candied peel, and an almond flake.
  5. Allow to cool and chill in the fridge before serving.

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JadeLD said...

These look so yummy and so easy, I think some baking is in order once my holiday starts tomorrow!

Have a lovely Christmas,

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you're feeling better and that you have a wonderful Christmas!

rosaria said...

O.k, I'm in! After all, eating alone is no fun!

Happy Holidays.

Ginny said...

I'm sorry you've been sick lately!! I hope you are doing better now? These looks so good! Would you believe I've never heard of them?

Elizabeth Braun said...

They look just a bit TOOO tasty!!

Sorry you've been poorly as well. Hope you've not had this nasty bug I've had! Wouldn't wish this on anyone who didn't need keeping out of the way for reasons of public safety!!=)

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

They look very good and the fact that they're easy to make is great! Sorry to hear you're sick too, seriously, it's going round at the moment. Chilling helped me, rest, tea and an old movie...

Take care of yourself, wrap up warm and get better soon. Love from London xo

Bibliomama said...

I love baking tiny pretty things. And I've been feeling like crap too. Ho freaking ho, huh?

Kazzy said...

Those look great! One day, when I am just cooking for my husband and me, I will make more fun stuff like this.

Anonymous said...

These look great and lovely! How can you resist eating them while you make them? I had plans to do all kinds of holiday baking to give away as gifts, and I just couldn't go through with it because I knew I'd eat the whole time!

Fly Girl said...

Well those do look easy. It's time for me to head into holiday baking, I'm considering several of your recipes.

sweetjeanette said...

Hey Rachel! Thanks so much for linking these yummy goodies up to the "Very Merry Christmas Party" on ! I'm thrilled you did! I know what you mean about passing the "husband test". My hubby is always willing to play guinne pig for me and I trust his opinions on sweets! LOL

cornflakegirl74 said...

WOW, those look delicious :)

And hope you feel better soon!

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