Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Oaty Florentines

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I had some crunchy oat cereal to use up, so I thought I'd experiment with it to make a budget version of Florentines. I also made a dairy-free version, as I wouldn't want my vegan friends to miss out on such a tasty Christmas treat! This recipe can be made nut-free if needed, depending on which cereal you use.
Make these a few days before Christmas to add to your home made hamper, or wrap in cellophane as gifts for friends, family or teachers. 
  • 1 ½ cups of crunchy oat cereal/granola, crushed with a rolling pin if needed 
  • ½ cup chopped dried fruit and/or nuts
  • 4 oz soft brown sugar
  • 4 oz butter/dairy-free spread
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 8-10 glace cherries, chopped
  • 4 tbsp double cream (substitute for golden syrup/maple syrup for vegan option)
  • 200g chocolate/dairy-free chocolate
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/170C Fan/ Gas4/350F.

Melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan on a low heat.
Remove from the heat and stir in the cream or syrup.
Mix in the flour and stir until you have a smooth mixture.
Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix well. Add a little more cereal if the mixture seems too runny.  

Place small spoonfuls of the mixture on greaseproof/parchment paper on a baking tray. Space well apart (5 or 6 per tray) as they WILL SPREAD!
Bake for 7-8 minutes, then remove from the oven.
Using a palette knife, gently neaten up the shape of the Florentines, by pushing the edges in a little, to make them round. 
Return to the oven for a further 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to harden for about 5 minutes, before removing from the tray and cooling completely on a wire rack.

When cold, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl oven a pan of boiling water.
Spread a teaspoonful of melted chocolate onto the back of each Florentine and allow to set for around 10 minutes. Before it has completely set, make wavy lines in the chocolate using the back of a fork.

Not suitable for freezing. Will keep for upto a week in an airtight container. 

This blog post is an entry into the Tots100/Experience Days Christmas Craft Competition.

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8 comments:

  1. Yum! I love your blog :)

    Sam Muses (vegetarian UK fashion blogger!) xx

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  2. They look absolutely delicious!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline...they were and they didn't last long in our house!

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  3. Wow, they look brilliant :)

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