Recipe for perfect vegan chocolate Florentines.
Dark chocolate can be healthy.
In our house being a vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out on great food, not with recipes like this.These perfect little chocolate florentines are absolutely delicious, easy to make, crammed with nuts and dipped in vegan chocolate, I defy anyone to eat just one. I often make a huge batch and am lucky to have a half dozen left to cool down enough for me to eat one!
You can also use this recipe to make some larger cookies, they look really good on fancy plates at buffet parties. They make great home made gifts too, cook a batch and place them in a pretty box or wrap in cellophane and a ribbon. For some reason they seem to have a Christmas feel to them so are great at that time of year, then again, I think these are great at any time of year.
Dark chocolate also has some pretty good health giving properties too, it is anti inflammatory, and can help to lower high blood pressure.
Ingredients-makes around forty florentines.
125g vegan spread
120g soft brown sugar
120g plain flour
120g maple syrup
70g dried cranberries
120g dried sultanas
70g candied peel
90g slivered almonds + a handful for decoration
70g roughly chopped pecans
30g roughly chopped hazelnuts
70g roughly chopped walnuts
160g vegan dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 160C
Place the sugar,maple syrup and vegan spread in a heavy based saucepan and heat very gently for about ten minutes then slowly bring to the boil.Be very careful at this stage that the mixture doesn't burn or the florentines will be ruined. As soon as the mixture starts to boil give it a good stir then remove it from the heat.
Add the flour, dried cranberries, candied peel,sultanas, pecans, walnuts and hazlenuts. Stir all the ingredients together until they are well mixed.Leave the florentine mixture to cool for about ten minutes.
Meanwhile, line two large baking trays with grease proof paper, take a desertspoonful of the colled florentine mixture and drop onto the baking sheets, flatten each one a little with the back of the spoon. Place the florentines about half a flattened disc apart as they can spread in the oven. Sprinkle the slivered almonds over the top for decoration.
Cook in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Take the florentines out of the oven and leave them to cool down.
Vegan chocolate florentines
Some of the best maple syrup you can buy.
Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave, or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water,stir slowly to remove any lumps. When it is fully melted remove from the heat and allow the chocolate to cool down a little.
Dip the florentines in the melted chocolate. You can either dip half the florentine or cover the whole bottom. I know which one I prefer! You can make these florentines with vegan white chocolate too, or try using a mixture of dark and white.
I believe these wonderful little cookies will keep for a couple of weeks in an airtight tin. I can't swear to that as they don't last longer than ten minutes in my house.
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