The Great British Bake Off: My Mary Berry Inspired Florentines Recipe with Stem Ginger

The Great British Bake Off: My Mary Berry Inspired Florentines Recipe with Stem Ginger

The Great British Bake Off:

My Mary Berry Inspired Florentines Recipe

with

Stem Ginger

The Great British Bake Off: My Mary Berry Inspired Florentines Recipe with Stem Ginger This week on The Great British Bake Off it was “Biscuit” week…….as in cookies, for my North American readers, and not scone type quick breads! The programme opened with a challenge to make one of my favourite types of biscuit, savoury biscuits, perfect to make WITH cheese and well as to SERVE with cheese too. There were some amazing looking bakes, from Norman’s Farthing Biscuits, which I know well, to Enwezor’s Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Savoury Biscuits, there weren’t many savoury biscuits that the contestants baked that I didn’t like, being a “savoury head”. I also loved the look of Richard’s Rosemary Seeded Crackers and Nancy’s Fennel and Rye Thins…….and, I can see myself trying out some of these recipes to accompany my weekly cheeseboard that we always have on Sunday, or after lunch for our Sunday tea. But, as the technical challenge was Mary Berry’s Florentines in this week’s show, today’s post and recipe is all about them………and my Mary Berry inspired version of them with a ginger kick.

Mary Berry Florentine Recipe

Florentines

Last week I made Mary’s Cherry cake, which was also the technical challenge of the show, and I aim to make the technical challenge recipe as shown on GBBO every week, within in reason – diet and travel permitting!  This week’s challenge for Florentines seemed easy at first, and then I remembered, that the base of these biscuits is similar to Brandy Snaps, and that can be tricky to execute well. I also remember making these at school once, and they can be a little messy when applying the chocolate coating, which can seep through the lacy biscuit base……so, quite a challenging recipe to make on camera!

The Great British Bake Off and my Mary Berry Cherry Cake Recipe

Last week’s Technical Challenge – Cherry Cake

I set aside the afternoon on Thursday to make these, not a luxury the contestants have I know, but I didn’t want any distractions. I think that in all baking projects the secret to better results is the preparation, such as the weighing and measuring of ingredients (something the contestants DON’T have to do) and lining baking trays and suchlike. This took me a good fifteen minutes, and I also like to have a big washing up bowl of hot, soapy water to hand, for sticky hands as well as regular washing up of all the bowls and pans used along the way…..I am not a fan of adding my baking tools and tins to the dishwasher, especially as some of them are vintage and belonged to my mum or grandmothers. Making Mary Berry's Florentines I decided to tinker with Mary’s recipe, I hope she forgives me and as I remember that the base of these classic biscuits is similar to Brandy Snaps and as I had some stem ginger in the fridge, (and because I am a ginger fiend!) I added some ground ginger and some chopped stem ginger to my recipe, and used 55% dark chocolate for the chocolate coating too. BUT, the basic science of the recipe remains the same, with one other exception, I had no Demerara sugar, so I used soft brown sugar instead – but with great results as you can see from my photos. My Florentines came out looking suitably lacy and were crisp and thin……I was very pleased with the “bake” as Mary and Paul would say. Making Mary Berry GBBO Florentines I had fun decorating them with the chocolate, and it’s fair to say that I was also coated in chocolate, as were several items of kitchen furniture, as I darted between the sink and my camera! I discovered that the best way to get those “zigzags” was to allow to chocolate to set slightly, and then get to work with a fork. Once the chocolate is applied to the FLAT side of the biscuits, the crisp base does become more chewy, and much like I remember Florentines to be like……Mary kept going on about how they needed to be very crisp, but mine ended up being crunchy around the edges and delightfully chewy in the middle, which is the best of both worlds for me. The addition of the ginger was a triumph, unless you are not a ginger lover that is, and these were even enjoyed by my husband who regular readers will know doe NOT have a sweet tooth.

Florentines

Decorating the Florentines

I hope that you all approve of my gingered up version of Mary Berry’s Florentine recipe, if you are NOT a ginger lover, then please omit the ginger and follow the original recipe here: Mary Berry’s Florentine Recipe. That’s it for today, have a WONDERFUL weekend and I’ll see you next week with more recipes, reviews and some traveller’s tales too! Karen 

Mary Berry Florentines

Stem Ginger Florentines

Stem Ginger Florentines

Serves 18 Florentines
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Mary Berry
These are my slightly adapted recipe for Florentines, as taken from Mary Berry's Baking Bible cookbook; as a ginger addict, I have added some chopped stem ginger and ground ginger to these delicious biscuits. You can adapt this recipe many ways, by adding different nuts and dried fruit as well as spices. Makes 18 Florentines. Perfect for any "foodie" gift hamper at Christmas and Easter, or as a gift for the hostess.

Ingredients

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 50g golden syrup
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 4 natural glacé cherries (finely chopped)
  • 1 ball stem ginger (finely chopped)
  • 50g candied mixed peel (finely chopped)
  • 50g mixed walnuts and almonds (finely chopped)
  • 175g plain chocolate (39% to 50% cocoa solids)

Note

These are my slightly adapted recipe for Florentines, as taken from Mary Berry's Baking Bible cookbook; as a ginger addict, I have added some chopped stem ginger and ground ginger to these delicious biscuits. You can adapt this recipe many ways, by adding different nuts and dried fruit as well as spices. Makes 18 Florentines. Perfect for any "foodie" gift hamper at Christmas, Easter, as a gift for the hostess or just for afternoon tea!

Directions

Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 180C/375F/Gas 4 and line 2 to 3 baking trays with baking paper.
Step 2 Measure the butter, sugar and golden syrup into a small pan and gently heat it until it has all melted. Remove the pan from the heat and add the flour, ground ginger, chopped cherries, chopped stem ginger, candied peel and the mixed nuts to the pan. Mix well.
Step 3 Spoon teaspoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking trays, making sure you leave plenty of room for them to spread. Bake them in the pre-heated oven for 8 to 10 minutes until they have spread and look lacy and golden brown. Leave them to cool on the baking trays for 5 minutes and then very carefully lift them on to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Step 4 Break the chocolate into squares or pieces and melt it in a bowl that is set over a pan of hot water, stirring it all the time.
Step 5 Spread a little of the melted chocolate over the flat base of each Florentine and allow to cool slightly before making a zig zag pattern on the chocolate with a fork; set them on a wire cooling rack, chocolate side up, until the chocolate has set hard.
Step 6 Store them in an airtight container.
Stem Ginger Florentines

Stem Ginger Florentines

Stem Ginger Florentines Technical Challenge 1:

Mary Berry Cherry Cake

The Great British Bake Off and my Mary Berry Cherry Cake Recipe

 

Comments

  1. says

    I adore florentines but i’ve never made them, they look tricky but you have made them look effortless as always my darling… be a dear and package these up for me, marked for Belleau Cottage please… xx

  2. DANIELLE VEDMORE says

    Wow they look great. Have never made them before – they are on my to-do list. I am sure Mary would approve of these! xoxo

  3. says

    I’m always so envious of the skills the GBBO bakers have, and this year seems to be no exception! The gingery Florentines sound absolutely scrummy – and are being pinned straight to my baking ‘to do’ boards. Yum!

  4. says

    These look perfect Karen and I love your addition of ginger – I’m a ginger fiend too and only wish I’d thought of it. It’s high time I had another go at Florentines, but suspect they wouldn’t look as good as yours.

  5. says

    Karen, I have not yet had breakfast – which means it is a bad idea to be looking at your droolworthy photos at the moment. I do have the required cup of tea though so I can just sit here and pretend that I have 2 or 3 of those in my hand …

  6. says

    I am so impressed with how perfectly formed and crisp your Florentine look and with the added kick of ginger they would be the perfect treat in this cooling weather we are experiencing x

  7. says

    I love this! This season’s Bake Off has inspired me to make my own versions of some of the show’s recipes, and it’s nice to see that someone else had the same idea!

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