Week 2 of the Great British Bake Off and this week it was biscuits, and the signature bake was to make some florentines. Growing up my Mum often made florentines, so I decided to have a go myself.
On GBBO there were many varieties and flavours. Someone used ruby chocolate while one of the younger contestants baked some white chocolate in the oven to give it a slightly different flavour. Other bakers used sour cherries or even cardamon. Not being a very experienced baker I went for a simple Mary Berry recipe, and I have to say that it wasn’t very difficult.
Roughly chopped hazelnuts, currents, diced glace cherries and plain flour was mixed in a bowl; butter, sugar and golden syrup was then melted in a pan and added to the dry ingredients. Teaspoons of the mixture was then dolloped onto three grease-proof paper lined baking trays and baked for 8-10 minutes, depending on which shelf of the oven they were on.
I left them to cool for a minute and then transferred them onto a cooling rack, losing one in the process. I then had plenty of time to wash up and clear away before melting some chocolate to pour/paste onto the florentines.
They don’t look very neat and they are definitely not uniform in size, but as my lovely wife can attest, they do taste amazing.
As with last weeks Battenburg (read about it here) I am a very long way off being good enough to even think about applying for GBBO, but I am enjoying having a go at the easier bakes. We’ll see what next week brings.