Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Panforte Di Siena (Nigella Lawson)

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  .

5)  Remove the honey syrup from heat & pour into the  dry ingredients . Stir slowly till well combined . Tip into the prepared cake pan . Using the back of a spoon or spatula , spread evenly the Panforte by smoothing the top .  Bake for 40 mins ( the top of the cake will be bubbling when it's ready . Let to cool in pan completely  . Dust the top with powdered sugar & rub the sugar thickly into the cake before removing from baking pan.

Linking this post to Cook-Your-Book # 29 hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours 

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate : Christmas 2015 event hosted by Bake For Happy Kids , Goody Foodies The Domestic Goddess Wannabe .


  1. Hi Kit,

    Still no snowing yet this year? I'm not sure if you are a snow person or not but I think that it will come soon. Our snow season started late this year but when it arrived, it was like pouring with snow... LOL!

    Stay strong with your baking and your panforte looks awesome!


  2. I have not eaten panforte before and I'm so curious about its taste, it looks so rich, delicious and chockful of goodness!

  3. Hi Kit,
    These do look "delizioso"!! :)
    You can always count on Nigella's recipe!
    Maybe you will get a surprise from Santa, a snowy Christmas!

  4. Hi Kit, Love the combination of nuts and spices in them. Refreshingly good.

  5. Hi Kit,

    This Panforte looks good with all the nuts...Though I hadn't bake one yet nor eaten one, but it definitely looked delish..

  6. Must be really delicious with all the nuts and dried fruits.