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 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
- Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment.
- Gently melt the
butter, brown sugar and honey in a large saucepan over a low heat until
the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir the yogurt into the mixture in the saucepan and
then add all the fruits and nuts and mix well.
- Sift in the flour and combine with a metal spoon.
- Place dessertspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared
baking sheets. These will spread out quite a bit so leave 5cms in between.
- Bake for 20 mins until lightly browned and slightly
crisp around the edges.
- 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.
- 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.