Darling Florentine

Because these are probably the best-loved and most frequently demanded baked goods in my house, I would like to share them with you. I know, they’re rather Christmas-y, but what the hell. There’s going to be a new Christmas soon enough, and maybe you, like me, have too much baking ingredients left still that you won’t regret using to try these!
Their original German name goes more like Florentine Fingers, by the way 😉

So, let’s start with the basic stuff. First you need:

  • 200g of plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 75 g of caster sugar
  • vanilla sugar
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • 100g of butter

Prepare a shortcrust from these ingredients. Roll out to a rectangle of about 28 cm x 36 cm, fold in about 2 cm along both 36 cm edges and cut through so you get two 12 cm x 36 cm reactangel with one edge folded double.

Pre-backe the biscuits at 160°C (pre-heated) for about 10 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare the topping.

For the Florentine topping you need:

  • 75 g of butter
  • 75 g of caster sugar
  • some vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 125 g of cream
  • 100 g of chopped almonds
  • 100 g of either shaved (?) almonds, or hazelnuts if you prefer those
  • 50 g of glacé cherries, chopped

Mix and heat butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and honey in a pan. Wait for the mix to caramelise, then add the cream and stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the remaining ingredients and leave in the stove until the mass thickens, then spread on the biscuit base.
Return to the oven for about 10 more minutes.

Take out and cut into 3-4 cm wide fingers right away. Let them cool.

Melt about 150 g of chocolate of your choice, mix in a tablespoon of vegetable oil to improve the texture. Dip the folded ends of the Florentines in the chocolate and sprinkle the rest over them.

These Florentines combine the classic caramel chrunchiness of usual florentines with the unpretentious crumble of a shortcrust – I prefer these vastly over the sheer sugary sweetness of real florentines! And so do lots of my friends and family who regularly request these for Christmas.


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