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How to Bake Florentines – A Delicious Christmas Gift From The Heart

Christmas time is the season of giving! What better a gift to give than one that comes straight from the heart (to their stomachs)!

florentinesI love giving food gifts for Christmas…They seem to mean so much when someone has “slaved” over their oven to bring you a gorgeous gift to enjoy!

Florentines are always a beautiful Christmas gift choice…

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Christmas Recipes: Edible Gifts No.1 of 8 – Florentines
By Paul Curran

Christmas recipe makes: 12
Calories per biscuit: 170
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

* Not suitable for freezing

Christmas recipe ingredients:
cherries, 25 g (1 oz)
almonds, flaked 40 g (1.5 oz)
butter, unsalted 60 g (2.5 oz)
sugar, caster 50 g (2 oz)
cream, double 30 ml (2 tbsp)
sunflower seeds, 25 g (1 oz)
mixed peel, chopped 20 g (0.75 oz)
sultanas, 20 g (0.75 oz)
flour, plain white 15 g (0.5 oz)
chocolate, dark plain pieces 125 g (4 oz)

Christmas recipe instructions:

  1. Take the almonds and crush slightly. Prepare roughly cut pieces of cherries.
  2. Prepare a solution of sugar in the butter and bring to the boil. Away from the heat, mix in flour, almonds, cherries, sultanas, mixed peel, sunflower seeds and cream.
  3. Grease a sheet of baking paper and place heaped teaspoonful amounts of the mixture from step 2 onto it ensuring there is enough room for expansion during cooking.
  4. Bake till the edges are golden brown. 180 degrees centigrade (gas mark 4, 350 F). About 7 minutes. Take out of the oven and use a plain large metal biscuit cutter to make rounds by pushing into the biscuits. Bake again until golden brown.
  5. Cool for a couple of minutes before removing to a wire rack for complete cooling.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the remaining mixture from step 2.
  7. Prepare melted chocolate by heating in a bowl over water at boiling point. Then take each biscuit and dip it into the chocolate so all the edge is covered. Place on non-stick paper till cooled.

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