First of all, I must say that I am talking about the dolci and not people from Florence but I think the photo is a bit of a give away! The Florentine recipes I have done have always involved baking but I don’t think this is necessary so here is an easy recipe that involves melting instead of baking.
What you need:
200g dark or plain chocolate
4 dessert spoons golden syrup
3 dessert spoons light brown sugar
40g flaked almonds
20g dried cranberries
You can mix and match the dried fruit and use other nuts and seeds as you like – just keep to the measurements.
1: Melt the chocolate in a pan on a low heat stirring frequently and do not let it boil.
2: Spoon the melted chocolate onto baking paper on a tray. Using the spoon spread the chocolate in circles. I made about 20 discs. Place the tray in the fridge and let the discs set for about 30 minutes.
Neat tip! > Make use of the remnants of melted chocolate in the pan by adding milk to make a rich hot chocolate to drink whilst the discs set. Or just eat it with a spatula!
3: Whilst the discs are setting (and you’re drinking hot chocolate!) melt the golden syrup with the sugar on a low heat and when it is well blended add the cranberries and almonds.
4: Take the chocolate discs out of the fridge and put spoonfuls of the almond cranberry sticky mixture on top.
5: Place the Florentines in the fridge to set for about an hour.