Florentines

Florentines

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Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 days of Christmas on Ellie Bakes, where I will be sharing a festive recipe every day until Christmas Eve. I think Christmas is the best time of the year for baking, and I have lots of great recipes to share!

These Florentines make brilliant last minute Christmas presents, and would also be great nibbles for a Christmas party. You can make bigger ones with larger biscuit cutters which would also be perfect for dunking in a cup of tea!

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Pear and ginger frangipane tarts

Pear and ginger frangipane tarts

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Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 days of Christmas on Ellie Bakes, where I will be sharing a festive recipe every day until Christmas Eve. I think Christmas is the best time of the year for baking, and I have lots of great recipes to share!

These pear and ginger tarts are the perfect Christmassy bake, and are a great alternative to some of the richer cakes at this time of year, especially for anyone who doesn’t like mince pies.

They are perfect served cold with a cup of tea, but are just as good heated up with ice-cream as a dessert. Try and use a firm pear, as it will soften as it cooks, and you want it to retain some flavour and texture.

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Strawberry Ice-cream

Strawberry Ice-cream

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The last week has been very exciting for me – I got my A level results and got into university, (more on that in another post), and it was my 18th birthday! Now, you may be wondering why this has any relevance to my baking blog, but, as a present I got an ice-cream maker!

It has quickly become my baby, and I have already tried out multiple recipes using it, one of which was this. I decided to post this one first, because strawberries and ice-cream separately are hard to resist, and the combination of the two… beautiful!

If you prefer this ice-cream with no strawberry pieces, or are making this for children, you can of course purée the strawberries at step 7 and sieve to get a smoother finish. However you do it, this ice-cream will still taste divine, and perfect for a sunny bank-holiday.

Strawberry ice-cream

A punnet (about 500g) strawberries

20g caster sugar

300ml double cream

150ml milk

3 egg yolks

100g caster sugar

An ice cream maker and suitable tub for storing it in.

  1. Cut the stalks off the strawberries and slice quite thinly.
  2. Add the sugar and stir well, then leave for 1 hour to macerate and produce juicy strawberries.
  3. After an hour, put the cream and milk in a saucepan over a medium heat, then heat to nearly boiling point.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until combined.
  5. Pour a small amount of hot cream onto the egg mix and whisk in, then pour this mixture back into the saucepan, stirring constantly.
  6. Heat until the mixture is the consistency of thin custard, and coats the back of your wooden spoon.
  7. Now give your strawberries a good mash, until you have mostly strawberry syrup, with some lumps of fruit. You can whizz it in a food processor instead, but I prefer a more rustic approach!
  8. Add the strawberries to the custard and stir well. Leave to chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  9. Churn in your ice-cream maker according to the pack instructions, then spoon into a tub and freeze for at least 3 hours.
  10. Eat with a few extra strawberries… and a lot of happiness!Image