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almond, chocolate and fruit confits biscuit

Des florentins - biscuits aux amandes, chocolat et fruits confits

Florentins have nothing to do with Florence in spite of their name, but were invented by a Parisian baker in the 17th century, and given that name perhaps because, after Catherine, yet another Medici queen, Marie, was on the throne of France, and the ingredients—chocolate, almonds, orange zest and honey were posh and expensive then. Or maybe with orange zest made them resemble golden florins.

Today they are especially popular around Christmas, sometimes made other nuts and fruits confits. They also make Florentins in Germany. But the Italians have still never heard of them.

Sweet stuff

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Popo le Chien