Mr TH has a theory that, on the whole, people give the presents that they'd actually like to receive. This year I am living proof of that...I have made Florentines, Limoncello, Rose Turkish Delight & Christmas Scented Body Oil as presents for friends.
(I've been inspired by the lovely links in the Making Winter December Blog Hop. Thank you to everyone who has already posted a link. The list is open until the 25th December for anyone else who'd like to join in...)
To make Florentines, I followed(ish) a Nigella recipe from her book, 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' (p203)
Gently melt 90g sugar & 25g butter in a pan. Stir carefully & make sure that it doesn't start to burn or darken.
When the sugar has dissolved, take it off the heat & stir in 15g plain flour to form a small ball.
Gradually stir in 150ml double cream. (You might need to return to a low heat to stir out any lumps).
Add about 200-240g of your chosen chopped nuts/seeds/dried fruits & stir.
|Warning! At this stage the mixture tastes gorgeous...|
Line a few baking trays. (I found that, for me, the non-stick re-usable liners worked much better than greaseproof paper.)
Blob teaspoons of the mixture on to the trays leaving space for expansion.
Cook for about 8-12 mins at 190 degrees. The blobs will have flattened out and be slightly brown at the edges.
When fully cooled, turn upside down & paint the flat sides with molten chocolate. Leave to cool & apply further coats of chocolate if necessary.
The mixture made about 40-50 Florentines (It would probably have made more but I had to taste all the ingredients on a very regular basis...). I used three & a half bars of chocolate (half each of white, milk & dark chocolate).
They do not have the immaculate look of shop bought ones but they taste extremely good! (I'm hoping & heavily hinting to Mr TH that a packet will end up in my Christmas stocking...?)