1st September 2017


By Emma Photography by Emma

I have read conflicting stories which suggest that Florentines were, as the name suggests, first made in Florence, and others which recount a tale whereby their invention took place in the kitchen of King Louis XIV’s to present to a party of Italian guests to his palace at Versailles.

No matter which story is true, I do believe that Florentines are very much a grown-ups biscuit.  They are lace and pearls, airs and graces.  They are the biscuit-y embodiment of an elegant aunt dressed in her Sunday best.  The glace cherries, slivered almonds and dark chocolate are no doubt contributing factors, as well as their lacy, toffee-like texture.

If you are short on time then this recipe can also be made into a slice by pressing the mixture into a tin and baking for around 25 – 30 minutes.  Once removed from the oven spread a layer of chocolate over the top of the slice, leave to cool and then slice into pieces.


Makes 60 bite-sized pieces
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  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup glace cherries, halved
  • ½ cup cornflakes
  • ½ cup currants
  • ½ cup mixed peel
  • 80ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 90g dark chocolate


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      • 1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC on bake and grease a mini muffin tin.
      • 2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and place about a teaspoon of mixture into each greased muffin rounds.
      • 3. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges begin to brown, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
      • 4. Melt the chocolate and once the Florentines are cool spread a layer of chocolate over the underside of each one.


      1. i’ve never seen florentines such as this. such jeweled beauties! the cornflakes is an interesting addition.



      2. These are definitely some of the prettiest and most appetizing florentines I’ve ever seen. Good job!

      3. Silvia Streeton

        Wow they look delicious! As soon as I can I intend making a bat Here!

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