My friend Ian commented to me today about the post I did on a recipe that I had made that it didn’t turn out so well. He thought it was odd that on a food blog I would actually talk about things that didn’t work. I think that cooking, even when you have been doing it as long as I have, can sometimes surprise you and sometimes those surprises aren’t good. To me there is a valuable lesson in there. Usually there is some way to make your mistake better. Todays post is an example of this.
You can see by how many pictures there are that I was planning on doing a post on this hard to make but utterly tasty Candied Orange and Crystalized Ginger Florentines. I’ve made this cookies twice before and I remember that each time I made them they were a challenge. This time the challenge was too much for me. Here is the recipe and tale of how these Candied Orange and Crystalized Ginger Florentines became: Candied Orange and Crystalized Ginger Truffles.
If you don’t have a serrated swivel peeler it’s well worth the 8 bucks, it allows you to peel an orange perfectly without getting any of the pith (they also peel peaches perfectly eliminating the need for a hot water bath).
This recipe was adapted from Judith Olney’s: The Joy of Chocolate
In a heavy bottomed sauce pan melt 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt over medium high heat, let just come to a boil then quickly remove from heat and stir in 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream.
Add to the orange/ginger/almond mixture.
OK this is were things started to go wrong. According to the recipe you butter and flour a cookie sheet and spoon out tablespoon portion of the batter onto it. DON’T DO THIS.
Instead cover a cookie sheet with parchment and butter it. Pour the enture batter on the pan and spread the mixture out – trying to get the nuts and candied fruit well placed all over the pan. It will spread like wild fire so don’t be too fussy with this part. Be sure when you butter the pan you butter the sides as well.
Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the misture is ever so lightly browned.
You can see here how those dainty little rounds went ballistic and how you are then to swoop in with a cookie cutter and cut out nice rounds from the mess. Which you then place on another cookie sheet and refrigerate. DON’T DO THIS.
It’s not so clear in the above picture, but a lot of those florentines are reassembled pieces that I figured would be fine once I did the chocolate phase.
Instead of this insanity – when the brittle has browned remove it from the oven and let cool. After about 10 minutes lift the parchment off the pan and crumble the brittle into a big bowl.
Below was the next step, the chocolate coating – don’t get me started on this.
Grrrrrrrr so you see I managed to get 4 Florentines made which I realize had already started to melt and adhere to the platter I had place them on. At this point I took the entire kit and kaboodle and dumped it into a pot. DON’T DO THIS.