I’ve started making edible Christmas gifts and have used my ‘cookery book of the year’ to help. Sharon Hearne-Smith’s No Bake Baking is full of gift ideas. I started with her flash florentines and substituted some of the fruit and nuts with others, as she suggested.
50g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
100g soft brown light sugar
50g creme fraiche
1 piece of stem ginger, finely chopped
150g nuts (I used almonds and hazelnuts)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
The fruit and nut mix
I melted the butter in a medium pan over a low heat. I added the sugars and turned up the heat, stirring for 5 minutes until smooth and gooey.
Then I carefully stired in the creme fraiche, stirring over a high heat until the sugars dissolved and the mixture thickened.
I removed the mixture from the heat and stired in the fruit, ginger, nuts, bicarb and vanilla.
I dropped the mixture onto a lined baking sheet, flattening into discs and left them to cool in the fridge.
Once the florentines were set, I melted the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water. I allowed the chocolate to cool before spreading the back of each florentine with chocolate, popping it back on the tray and back in the fridge.
I gifted the florentines in these cute Santa food grade boxes, seperating each florentine with parchment paper. Such an easy recipe and very tasty!