|melted 72% dark chocolate for florentines|
This time, I found something in ABC Delicious, December 2012 edition , Cranberry Macadamia Florentines. They looked amazing in the photos in the magazine and I had most of the ingredients. I decided to do half with white chocolate and half with dark chocolate (the recipe did them all with white chocolate).
I've never made these before, it was not that difficult, but there were a few steps and you pour the buttery-sugary base into a baking tray and then after it bakes a bit, you put dried cranberries and chopped macadamia nuts over the bubbling base and cook some more. The base is a toffee like one, and it tastes good.
It all needs to cool a bit when it comes out, then you use a small round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut the florentines out. This part is a bit fiddly, because the base has to be cool enough not to be a molten mess, but still warm so its toffee character is not hardened too much to cut into rounds.
After they are cut out, you chill them in the fridge. While you melt the chocolate. I tried dipping the florentines in the chocolate but found it quite messy (a lot of chocolate also on bottom of florentine). I used a spatula to spread the melted chocolate on half the florentine instead and found this to work well for me. After the chocolate hardens a bit, you pop the tray with these back in the fridge to let the chocolate cool and harden some more. (best to remove them from fridge 30 minutes or so before serving).
|Close up shot of the Cranberry Macadamia Florentines|
on vintage pink chintz plate
And below, two shots of one of the Adelaide Rosella parrots that has nested here at our house. This may be the mother bird. I don't have a good enough zoom lens to get a better quality photo, and she won't let me get too close when she is sitting in the tree. She and her partner seem to take turns doing a watch duty across from the nesting box. Ian has seen them perched on the little landing he put outside and below the hole doorway to the box.
|now looking to the left, one of the Adelaide Rosellas|
Nice orange colour on chest, yellow neck, banded
blue tail and wing feathers, and subtle blue
|Watching the nest box, from tree opposite|
|close up of the nest box Ian made and tied|
to our roof gable. The parrot parents
like to perch on that landing