How funny to find a comment posted today on this post. When there are six inches of snow covering everything in sight it is hard to remember those hot days of early summer when I was making ice lollies every day. But not all my readers are in the UK or even in this hemisphere, so to Caz, Alice and everyone else reading in Australia and New Zealand I hope you are enjoying a lovely summer.
This weekend I have been making florentines. Florentines are a rather special and luxurious biscuit and something of a Christmas tradition in my family. My mum has been making them every Christmas for as long as I can remember and I have been making them for at least twenty years. They are easy to make but require careful measuring and some patience. The recipe I use is slightly adapted from one in Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book.
You need 2 oz of everything.
In a saucepan gently melt 2 oz each of butter, demerara sugar and golden syrup.
Remove from the heat.
Next stir in 2 oz of chopped nuts- I used half walnuts and half almonds, 2 oz chopped glacé cherries and 2 oz of candied peel. I'm making a double quantity here.
Add 2 oz plain flour to the mixture and stir well.
Spoon teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto lined baking sheets. Space them well apart as they will spread a lot.
Bake at 180°c / 160°c fan oven / gas 4 for 8-10 minutes.
Leave to harden on the baking sheets before lifting carefully with a palette knife onto a cooling rack.
When completely cool melt 6 oz of dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
Turn the florentines flat side up and spread with melted chocolate. Leave to set.
I generally put the chocolate on the day after I have baked the biscuits. They are best stored in the fridge to keep the chocolate nice and hard. They also freeze well.
If I get round to it I am going to try them with chopped crystallised ginger in place of the cherries and peel.
Do try them, they are delicious :o)
We have lit our candle for the last Sunday of Advent. This time next week it will all be over. My children still have two more days of school although with the weather the way it is it's looking unlikely that their schools will be open tomorrow.The little wood where I took these photos in May looks like Narnia today.