Florentine Brittle – #FirstOnTheFirst

by Kate on February 1, 2013

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When things go wrong in the kitchen sometimes you just have to adapt and overcome. Florentine cookies were one of those situations. For First on the First this month, Carrie and I decided to choose something easy to make. Florentines, also sometimes called Lace Cookies are crisp Italian almond cookies with a little orange zest in them. Sometimes they’re drizzled with chocolate or two florentines are sandwiched together with chocolate inside. I personally, like my florentines minus the chocolate. I just love the nutty almond flavor all by itself.

When I started reading recipes it all seemed like a quick, easy project. Grind, cook, stir, scoop, bake… Viola! Cookies! Imagine my surprise when things didn’t go as easily as I had planned. I’m not exactly sure what went wrong but I ended up with one big florentine each and every time. That’s not to say that these weren’t still just as tasty as if they had been small and circular. So despite these not being perfect, I’m not calling them a total fail because they tasted absolutely fantastic!

Florentine Brittle 1 - Food Babbles @KDBabbles #candy #cookies

Perhaps it was operator error? I’m not sure. I tried trouble shooting a bit thinking perhaps the almond mixture was too warm the first time I baked it so the next batches I experimented with chilling them before baking but the results were always the same. So what does one do with a giant sheet of perfectly tasty crisp, citrusy almond goodness? Well you break it into pieces and enjoy it, of course. Viola! Cookies? Not so much. Brittle! Perfect. If you’d like to try your hand at Florentines you can find the recipe I used HERE. I’ll be curious to hear about your outcome. Did you get cookies or brittle? Either way, delicious success in my book.

Florentine Brittle 3 - Food Babbles @KDBabbles #candy #cookies

On another note, how about joining in on the First on the First fun? We’re going to challenge ourselves to try cake decorating. This is a challenge that’s wide open. If you’ve never frosted a cake using anything other than a kitchen knife, this is an excellent opportunity to give piping a border or trying ruffles a try. Or maybe you’re a master at piping and using a pastry bag, how about trying covering a cake in fondant or try decorating with gum paste? You can do whatever you want! I can’t wait to see all your beautiful cakes!

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Enjoy!

~K

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Alyssa {Suitcases & Sweets} February 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I love the Brittle idea! I too battled with Florentines to get them to the correct size and shape. The outcome? Alyssa: 1 1/2 dozen, Florentines: 2 dozen. But Nutella covers a multitude of baking sins and I think I came out the winner in the end. 🙂
http://suitcasesandsweets.com/2013/02/01/florentine-cookies/

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Ha! Well I’m happy to hear overall you had success with your florentine cookies and I’m so happy that you baked along with this us this month. It was so great to have you! And honestly, there are very few things in life that can’t be fixed with Nutella 😉

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Anna (Hidden Ponies) February 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Mine had a tendency to merge too – they tasted more like brittle anyways, so this is a great save! Next month will definitely be a challenge for me, I am not a cake decorator 🙂 I see so many beautiful ones though, I’m excited to give something new a try!

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Well now I really cannot wait to see what you come up with!! I’m by no means a cake decorator either but every now and then I try something. Don’t know what I’m going to do just yet but I am looking forward to challenging myself.

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ChristineM February 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I only made these types of cookies once and they spread out too so I gave up. Now I can do it again and make the brittle look like you did and save it instead of tossing! great save.

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Thanks Christine! I figured, they still tasted good so why not eat them. I just made sure to watch their color so they didn’t burn which is what happened with the first batch.

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suzanne February 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I love florentines but have never attempted to make them, making brittle was a brilliant move. When I was pregnant i craved them and made almost a daily trip to a local bakery for my florentine fix. The brittle looks great!

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Thanks Suzanne! Isn’t it funny how pregnancy can make us crave something so frequently? Well, despite the difficulties I had apparently they’re supposed to be pretty easy to make so you should give them a try.

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Yvonne @ bitter baker February 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Mmm, yummie! I’ve never had this, not even heard of it. But I am really tempted to try!

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Well it’s supposed to be a cookie Yvonne but I had some mishaps 😉 If you try them, hope you like them! Florentine cookies have a wonderful almond, caramel-type taste with a hint of citrus to them. They’re so good!

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry February 2, 2013 at 12:45 am

I felt so bad when you were posting live shots, but I have to say that you did a great job of making lemonade with your lemons. So what if they don’t look the way they should? I kind of like the idea of florentine brittle. Taste it what matters most!

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Thanks Carrie! It definitely tasted good, that’s for sure!

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Melissa February 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

My cookies merged a bit, too. When they were hot out of the oven, I just used a spatula to kind of separate them…not perfect, but whatever. I like how you didn’t give up when they kept merging, and you just tweaked the outcome to brittle instead of cookies. They still look great! Sorry I posted late this month!

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I like that you adapted too and made your merged cookies work! And no apologies at all. Life sometimes gets in the way. We all understand that 🙂 We’re a very flexible First on the First bunch here!

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I think it looks fabulous, though I personally would dip in chocolate, but I have had wicked chocolate cravings this pregnancy.

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Kate February 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Thank you Brianne!

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