Recipe For Florentines

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Florentines are traditionally made using nuts and dried fruit. These biscuits have been around since the 17th century and are usually coated on one side with chocolate. Typically one would use candied cherries but I have made mine using citrus peel and dried cranberries.


I am totally behind the concept of acknowledging where I source my recipes or ideas from, if the source is reliable. But I cannot see the point of acknowledging a person’s recipe when it is so wrong it either fails dismally or the ingredients listed are way off in their weights. I found a recipe for florentines which I used as the base for the ones I have made here. The recipe called for 200g of chocolate to decorate the florentines with. I decided I would not bother to coat all of them and blissfully went about melting 100g of dark chocolate. Well, I ended up covering all of the biscuits as I had more than enough chocolate! I used a total of 20g and wonder how on earth the extra zero found its way into the recipe. Was this a typo? Did someone actually road test the recipe once it was written up, or did someone just make it up as they went along?


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Recipe For Florentines
These biscuits are a perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee
  • Peel of 1 grapefruit
  • Peel of 1 orange
  • 50g butter
  • 50g demerrara sugar - I used fructose
  • 50g honey
  • 50g flour
  • 25g blanched almonds, finely chopped
  • 25g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 25g cranberries, finely chopped
  • 20g dark chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  2. Bring a small pot of water to the boil
  3. Add the citrus peel and blanch for 1 minute
  4. Remove and refresh in a bowl of ice water
  5. Drain, pat dry and chop finely
  6. Weigh off 50g and set aside
  7. Place the butter, sugar and honey into a small saucepan
  8. Over a medium temperature heat until the butter and sugar melts
  9. Remove from the heat and add the citrus peel, flour, nuts and cranberries and mix until combined
  10. Using a teaspoon, place the mixture onto a lined baking tray, leaving space for spreading, and flatten slightly
  11. Bake for 10 minutes
  12. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool until completely cold
  13. Melt your chocolate over a bain-marie and brush on to the bottom of each florentine
  14. Leave to set and store in an airtight container
I made 21 biscuits

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30 thoughts on “Recipe For Florentines

  1. A typo I’m guessing. I have only ever attempted Florentines once and they weren’t very successful. They are considered very Christmassy here. Maybe I’ll have a go of your recipe.

  2. Haha… I love it when you come across a recipe that clearly has not been road tested. Do you call them out? I do. 🙂
    Your florentines look wonderful, would go down a treat with a sweetened cuppa tea I reckon.

  3. You can never have too much chocolate! Just joking. I have tried recipes that failed because the ingredients or the instructions were wrong. So annoying!

  4. These look really delicious! I just tried cookies here in the Azore Islands of Portugal with dried fruits and cinnamon and fennel but they weren’t coated with chocolate. They were really interesting and delicious. I’ll have to try these.

  5. Yum florentines! Have never made them so thanks for the recipe Tandy. I’ve often followed recipes that have had some questionable cooking times-thankfully I have some common sense! Still not sure how they get away with it.

  6. My husband LOVES florentines. 🙂 Where I lived in Washington, the local Dutch bakery made them without fruit, but they were sandwiched together with cream and then half dipped in chocolate. Delicious! 🙂

  7. Hi Tandy, I bet these still taste delicious, I’ve come across recipes that had a typo too and I did not realize it until the dish was completed. When I went back over the comments the problem was discussed but never changed in the actual recipe. Oh well……

  8. You are so right, Tandy, way too much chocolate! Errors in measurements are quite often to be found even on famous food bloggers’ sites. Annoying when you end up with a full pot of melted chocolate, wait: you could whip some cream and mix it with the chocolate, either add it to your coffee to make a Brazilian coffee or simply enjoy it spoon by spoon!

    Florentines are my favourite treats in winter, in summer they would melt away … You just gave me the idea to post the recipe in autumn, thank you so much.

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