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
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.