Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
Learn how to make classic Panforte with this easy recipe. Many Italian bakeries closely guard their recipe for this traditional dessert. We're a lot more generous!
- 200g (7oz) sweet almonds
- 200g (7oz) hazelnuts
- 4 sheets rice paper
- 100g (3½ oz) chopped mixed peel
- 90g (3oz) plain flour
- 150g (5oz) honey
- 150g (5oz) caster sugar
For the topping:
- 1tbsp icing sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 20cm (8in) round sandwich tin
The panforte can be wrapped in greaseproof paper and then foil and stored in a cool place for up to two weeks.
- Set the oven to hot, 220°C (425°, gas mark 7). Spread the nuts out on a baking tray and roast them for 8-10 mins, turning them over once during roasting. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to cool, 150°C (300°F, gas mark 2).
- Line the sandwich tin with the rice paper, overlapping it slightly and leaving the corners standing up above the rim of the tin.
- Roughly chop the nuts and place them in a bowl along with mixed peel, flour and cinnamon.
- Put the honey and sugar into a saucepan and heat it gently, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and boil the syrup until it reaches 115°C (soft-ball stage) on a sugar thermometer, or until a little of the mixture forms a ball when dropped into a bowl of cold water. Remove the pan from the heat, quickly pour over the nut mixture and stir well.
- Spoon mixture into the lined sandwich tin and spread it out using an oiled palette knife. Place on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 mins, until the mixture is light-golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins. Remove from the tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Sift over the icing sugar and cinnamon and cut into thin slices.
- Not suitable for freezing.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 164(kcal)
- Fat 9.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.