• Almond and Cranberry Florentines with Sweet Orange Oil

    These gorgeous sweet treats are definitely an after dinner confectionary item. The cranberries are a lovely touch for Christmas.


    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 70g chopped dried cranberries
    • 150g slivered / flaked almonds browned on the cooktop
    • 120g dark chocolate
    • 2 drops of pure orange essential oil


    1. Heat honey, cream and sugar in a small saucepan until the temperature reaches 118°C. If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, simmer for about 5 minutes but do not let the mixture turn brown.
    2. Remove from the heat and add the chopped dried cranberries and the browned slivered almonds. Stir gently until coated.
    3. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
    4. Spoon one teaspoon of the mixture into a silicone mini muffin cup so that the Florentine keeps its shape.
    5. Bake for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until golden. Let cool, then invert the treats.
    6. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in the microwave and stir every 20 seconds until melted and smooth.
    7. Add the essential oil to the chocolate and mix well.
    8. Dip the bottom of each Florentine in the melted chocolate, or use a spoon for coating if easier. Invert and allow the chocolate to set. Let cool and enjoy!