Florentines are rich and decadent and very simple to make at home. They make a perfect edible gift for Christmas.


  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tblsp plain flour
  • 75ml double cream
  • 50g flaked almonds, lightly toasted
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 2 tblsp stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 25g dried cranberries, chopped
  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Place the butter into a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted, add the sugar and flour and whisk continuously until everything is combined and you have a smooth, pale paste. Pour in the cream, stirring as you pour until completely incorporated. The mixture should be smooth.
  • Turn off the heat, add the almonds, mixed peel, stem ginger, orange zest and cherries. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined and set aside to cool.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place teaspoon blobs of the Florentine mixture onto the tray, allowing 3cm between them as they will spread during cooking. You may need to do this in batches, or use two trays.
  • Place the tray into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for two minutes before quickly transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • While the Florentines are cooling, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Make sure that the base of the bowl does not touch the water.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle the cooled Florentines with the melted chocolate. Allow to set then serve. Or store in an airtight container for up to three days.