Panforte

Panforte

The traditional Panforte is a chewy Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts.

Panforte

Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Mediterranean

Ingredients

  • 60 g hazelnuts toasted and skinned*
  • 150 g dates chopped
  • 100 g sultanas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon honey substitute with maple syrup for vegan option
  • 1 cup water
  • 100 g dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind
  • 60 g almonds blanched and chopped**
  • 60 g macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon icing sugar

Instructions

  • Line a 20cm round or rectangular tart pan with a false bottom with baking paper. (if you don’t have a tart pan, use a regular cake pan).
  • Mix dates, sultans, brown sugar, honey and water in a medium saucepan. stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. simmer for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick.
  • Add chocolate and orange rind and stir until chocolate has melted and the mixture smooth. Add nuts, flour and spices and stir well to combine.
  • Transfer to the pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until set. remove from oven and dust with sifted icing sugar.
  • Cool before removing from pan. Slice and serve.

Notes

* to toast and skin hazelnuts – place hazelnuts on a tray (with baking paper) and toast in a moderate oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a clean tea towel and rub well to remove the skins
** to blanch almonds – place almonds in a bowl of very hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and rub gently to remove the skins.  If the skins do not remove easily, soak in hot water again.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.