Sour cherry and stem ginger florentines

This quick and easy recipe for chewy, sticky florentines is absolutely foolproof. Whip up a batch for a party or make as edible Christmas gifts.

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Sour Cherry and Stem Ginger Florentines


Makes 6 large or 12 small
Prep time
Less then 30 minutes
Cooking time
10 to 30 minutes


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 75g / 2oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 75ml / 2fl oz creme fraiche
  • 50g / 2oz flaked almonds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp candied peel
  • 2 tbsp crystallised stem ginger
  • 50g / 2oz dried sour cherries
  • 150g / 5oz good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Heat the butter, sugar and flour in a pan over a medium heat, stirring continuously, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Gradually add the creme fraiche, stirring continuously until well combined.

  4. Add the almonds, candied peel, stem ginger, and sour cherries and mix well until combined.

  5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place teaspoonfuls of the florentine mixture onto it. Space the teaspoonfuls out at 2.5cm/1in intervals so they don't merge together when heated.

  6. Transfer the florentines to the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on the tray, then transfer the florentines to a cooling rack.

  7. Bring a little water to a simmer in a pan. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the chocolate pieces and stir until smooth and melted.

  8. Turn the florentines so that the flat base is facing upwards. Spread the melted chocolate over the florentine bases and set aside to cool and set.