The trials and tribulations of florentines

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So I may have made a promise to a friend that I would bake
him something to send him on his return for a crazy cycling trip… (and by
crazy I mean cycling 900miles through 8 different countries in 8 days)
Since I was working from home yesterday (trip to the
dentists – so not so fun) I decided it was probably the best evening to do some
baking. I had quite a tough time deciding what I wanted to make though, because
it needed to be post friendly. But I eventually decided on Ginger Florentines
and some Coconut slice.
Unfortunately I didn’t really have a chance to take any
photos since I was quite pushed for time as it was. Feeling quite zombie-like
from the lack of sleep today.

But my work paid off and they taste really good =) which I’m glad about and the coconut slice was fairly straight forward to make. The
Florentines on the other hand…
I can never seem to get the Florentines to come off of the
baking tray easily. If I use greaseproof paper it sticks to the paper and I
have to wrestle with it to get the paper off, usually ripping the paper and
breaking the Florentines. If I do them straight on to a baking tray they never
seem to come off.
I remember a batch I made before where I ended up having to
freeze them and then chip them off the baking tray after a while. Not a great
This time I tried shovelling (i think that is probably an
appropriate word) them off the greaseproof paper as soon as they came out of
the oven and putting them on a plate (after reshaping). This was reasonably
successful, but as soon as they cooled down even a bit they just stuck to the
paper and would not let go!
Has anyone else got a special technique for making
Florentines? I was thinking I might have to try using a silicon baking sheet
instead, but I didn’t have one available.
The coconut slice in comparison was an absolute dream to
make, although I did have to sacrifice one square to make it easier to cut all
the others out. Oh what a shame…I just had to eat that one…

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