Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Faff-Free Cook Cooking with Jackie Johnson – Chocolate Coated Florentines

My motto has always been ‘never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.

So, today’s treat is ….... Chocolate Coated Florentines

These make a lovely homemade Christmas pressie!


75g butter       
75g light soft brown sugar
25g runny honey
1 tablespoon plain yoghurt
50g mixed candied peel
100g soft dried apricots - chopped
50g glace cherries – chopped
50g hazelnuts toasted and roughly chopped (or you could use almonds or a mix of both)
40g plain flour
125g plain chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2.  Gently melt the butter, brown sugar and honey in a large saucepan over a low heat until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.

  3. Stir the yogurt into the mixture in the saucepan and then add all the fruits and nuts and mix well.

  4. Sift in the flour and combine with a metal spoon.

  5. Place dessertspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. These will spread out quite a bit so leave 5cms in between.

  6. Bake for 20 mins until lightly browned and slightly crisp around the edges.

  7. Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheets for 10 mins to firm
    up and then flip them over and cool on a wire rack smooth side up.

  8. Put the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. Using a flat sided knife cover the smooth bottom of the Florentine with chocolate and allow the chocolate to set. Makes 12 large Florentines.

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