While counting down till Christmas , the only thing better than an Advent calender (to me) is Christmas baking lingering in the the house with festive aroma ! LOL Ya, I know , that also includes the scents of real Christmas tree & an open fire ..... but only one thing is missing !!??.... SNOW !! LOL
Anyway back to the bake of the day ....My favourite Italian confectionery of all time , Panforte . This is a Christmas goodie from Toscane , Italy . It's a flavourful cake pack with nuts & candied fruits , rather like Nougat but in a 'festive'(spiced) version with chocolate goodeness ! It is a dense rich cake & very addictive , perfect as Chrismas gifts for family & friends to enjoy .
I'm so glad that I found this recipe from Nigella Christmas cookbook because Panforte is quite expensive even over here in Europe . But I must say that homemade Panforte is way better than store bought ones . They're tastier with tender & chewy texture to it .... DELIZIOSO !
Panforte Di Siena
Recipe adapted from Nigella Christmas cookbook (Pg .197)
1 cup raw unskin hezelnuts
2/3 cup blanched almonds
1 cup natural almonds , with skin
1/2 cup soft dried figs ( coarsely chop )
1- 1/4 cup candied citrus (mixed candied peel : orange, lemon, citron )
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
good grating of fresh nutmeg
good grinding of white pepper
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey ( I've used orange honey )
28 g butter
Powdered / icing sugar
20 cm spring form pan
1) Preheat oven to 160°C . Grease & line the bottom of the 20 cm spring form pan with parchment paper .
2) In a heat proof bowl , combine the nuts, dried fruits & candied peel .
3) Add in flour, cinnamon, cloves , nutmeg , white pepper & cocoa powder .
4) In a saucepan, melt honey with butter & sugar .
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