My Mum recently gave me a few cookery books. I love a good recipe book and the ones I have been given are lovely. Mum always used to buy cook books so she could suggest to my Dad the food she wanted him to cook. I always remember my Dad rolling his eyes at my Mum as she made a suggestion. He would then say, ‘yes darling’, and he would continue to make the meals he enjoyed eating.
Thankfully my mum has not made any suggestions to me about what to cook. In fact, I’ve found a few recipes that I’m going to be trying in the coming months. The first recipe I discovered is in a cakes and biscuits book called ‘Baked and Delicious’. It’s a Mini Florentine recipe which in the original recipe was vegetarian but I decided to make this recipe into a vegan dessert.
Personally, I get so much inspiration from reading a cook book. At times I get so many ideas that I really don’t know where to begin. When I have moments like these I always feel like the nutty professor and all I want to do is get started. So this weekend I turn a vegetarian into a vegan dessert. The results were delicious and my gorgeous husband, Howard, didn’t disagree.
Makes 8 – 10
- Baking tray
- Grease proof paper
- Biscuit cutter
- Plastic Brush
- Coconut oil x 75g
- Coconut sugar x 75g
- Sultanas x 25g
- Dried raspberries x 25g
- Dried strawberries x 25g
- Pumpkin seeds x 25g
- Almond flakes x 100g
- Coconut cream x 2tbsp
- Dark or 100% chocolate x 50g
- Place the coconut oil in the saucepan and melt over a low heat.
- Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Stir in the sultanas, dried raspberries, dried strawberries, pumpkin seeds, almond flakes and the coconut cream.
- Mix all of these ingredients together.
- Pre-line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
- Now using the biscuit cutter spoon the mixture into the cutter.
- Repeat this process until all the mixture has gone.
- Place these in the fridge for two hours or until the Florentines harden.
- Meanwhile, put the chocolate into the saucepan and melt on a low heat.
- Once the Florentines are hard remove from the fridge.
- Flip the Florentines over and paint the flat side with chocolate.
- Put them back into the fridge until the chocolate has set.
- Then serve and enjoy.
My husband and I enjoyed these Mini Choc Florentines as an after dinner treat. They make a great dessert or a yummy mid afternoon snack too. Plus the florentines can be given as a gift to a friend or family member. They are really simple and easy to do. I thoroughly enjoyed making these delicacies and pretending to be a nutty professor for an afternoon. However you decide to eat these treats, as always, enjoy.
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