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WINTER SPICED FLORENTINE BARS

Winter spiced with pistachios, almonds and all things nice.

Serves12 Bars
Makes In45 Mins
DifficultyEasy
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Ingredients

For The Bars

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200gButter
2 tbspBrewed Twinings Christmas Tea Loose Tea
75gSugar
350gFlour
¼ tspSalt

For The Florentine Topping

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150mlWater
2 tbspBrewed Twinings Christmas Tea Loose Tea
75gMixed Dried Fruit, Finely Chopped (Raisins, Cranberries, Sultanas)
75gFlaked Almonds
45gPistachios, Chopped
35gHazelnuts, Chopped
1 PieceStem Ginger, Chopped
100gBrown Sugar
75gGolden Syrup
100gButter
¼ tspSalt

Method

  • In a saucepan, melt the butter and infuse with the tea.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature then strain and chill in the fridge until firm.
  • Once firm, place all the ingredients in a mixer fitted with a paddle and mix until the dough resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Gradually add the brewed tea and press into an 8 inch tin lined with foil.
  • Bake at 180C for 10-15 minutes.
  • For the topping, brew the tea in the hot water for a few minutes.
  • Whilst the tea is hot, soak the fruit in the brewed tea for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the fruit and squeeze out the excess water.
  • Place the water into a saucepan and reduce until it has thickened and there is about 2 tbsp left.
  • Add the sugar, golden syrup and butter and melt together.
  • Add the salt then add the nuts, ginger and dried fruit.
  • Spoon the mixture over the shortbread and bake for another 10-15 minutes at 180C.
  • The top should be a deep golden brown colour and the nuts should be toasty.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
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