European biscuit is a real Christmas treat

Lady Edmonstone
Lady Edmonstone

I do hope you’ve already discovered chocolate Florentine biscuits.

These exquisite little goodies of nuts, toffee and chocolate are very popular in Continental Europe, but only seem to cross over the English Channel around Christmas time.

Unfortunately they’re quite expensive, so I make my own from left over Christmas pudding.

They are really delicious and cost very little to make – meaning they are both tasty and economic.

Melt 50g of butter, 50g of Demerara sugar, 50g golden syrup and 50g of plain flour and gently stir it for a couple of minutes till it looks like bubbly toffee.

Add two tablespoons of flaked almonds and crumble in 100g of left-over Xmas pudding and stir in well.

On a prepared baking tray (I use a silicone sheet) spoon dessert spoons of the mixture set well apart.

Bake in a moderate oven for about 6-8 minutes.

Leave to cool and then lift onto a rack with a palette knife.

For a real Florentine you would then turn them over and spread with melted chocolate, but I prefer them as they are.

All you need is a scoop of good vanilla ice cream and you have the perfect dessert for a Christmas feast or a New Year treat.