Delicious Chocolate Panforte Recipe

Panforte is the traditional Christmas cake of Siena. It is deliciously chewy and sticky and is packed with a combination of energy-giving nuts, dried fruit and spices. It can be made with or without chocolate (we prefer the chocolate variety... of course) and it can be kept for a couple of months if it is kept wrapped in foil in an airtight container.

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Cooking time
30 minutes
6-8 people

Nutritional facts

Calories 454.9 (kcal)
Protein 7.1 (g)
Carbs 56.6 (g)
Fat 23.2 (g)

Recipe Information

Prep: 25 minutes Cooking: 30 minutes
Serves: 6-8

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  1. Heat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Grease the cake tin and line it with the rice paper.
  2. Put the dried fruit, nuts, cherries, ginger, candied peel, lemon zest, flour, cocoa powder and spices into a large bowl and mix together.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a separate bowl over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave.
  4. Put the sugar and honey and orange flower water into a saucepan and on a very gentle heat dissolve the sugar. When the sugar has completely dissolved, bring the mixture to the boil and boil steadily for 2 minutes.
  5. Take the syrup off the heat. Combine the syrup immediately with the chocolate and then with the fruit and nut mixture. It will go all stiff but don't worry.
  6. Spread it evenly into the tin, push it down with your fingers and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar when it is cool. Cut with a very sharp knife.