Lace cookies made of chopped almonds and candied fruit, with a very simple and quick preparation, turn into the most delicious Florentines cookies.
Crispy and delicious like caramel, with an almond-rich note and the sweetness of candied fruit, the combination of flavors for these Florentines is perfect.
Serve them with hot espresso or coffee and they will take you straight to Florence.
- 1/3 cup candied pineapple
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 330 ° F. You can use silicone muffin pans or silicone tart molds for baking Florentines, or simply use a silicone baking mat.
- Chop dried fruit in pea size or slightly smaller pieces and set aside.
- Ina saucepan combine sugar, honey, and whipping cream. Bring to a boil and stir continuously using a flat bottom wooden spoon or a heat resistant spatula.
- Heat mixture for about 5-6 minutes or until it reaches 244 ° F.
- Remove from heat and add almonds, salt, vanilla, and dried fruit.
- Place in oven and bake for about 7 minutes or until deep golden.
- Once cooled, remove from pan and continue with remaining batter. In a well-sealed container, batter can be frozen for months.
- Store airtight as Florentines are highly susceptible to humidity.
If you love Florentines, but have never prepared them yourself, now is the time to give it a try! I made Florentines cookies with sliced almonds and pieces of candied pineapple, but you can replace candied pineapple with dried cranberries, candied orange, lemon, raisins or any dried or candied fruit you want.
Nutritionists claim that dried fruit is full of all nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It is a perfect heater for the body because it provides additional energy. Dried fruits should become an integral part of the daily diet.
The advantage of dried fruit is that its energy reaches the bloodstream very quickly, which is why it is especially recommended for athletes after training. It is also recommended for people who have high cholesterol, as a substitute for high-fat snacks. Nutritionists insist on eating it for breakfast, or as a snack, because it helps digestion, but it is not recommended after the main meal, when digestion is slowed down, because it brings too many calories.
This recipe for Italian cookies will give you great results every time. Florentines are perfect for the Christmas holidays, then packed in beautiful tin boxes for cookies make the most beautiful gifts, but Florentines are welcome at any time of the year.
These wonderful almond cookies stuffed with dried fruit and simple, crunchy and delicious caramel are baked until golden and crispy. Florentines are thin in profile, hard and crunchy, with rich caramel backgrounds that complement the taste of nutritious oils. They are also outstanding when generously drizzled with chocolate, although you can skip this step in preparation.
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