December 18, 2016Festive Panforte Recipe

nutty panforte

With its mix of nuts, fruit, candied peel and spices, nothing says Italian Christmas quite like a traditional panforte.


Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 150C.
  2. Mix the nuts, figs, candied fruit, zest, spices, flour and cocoa together in a bowl.
  3. Butter and line a 9 inch spring form pan with rice or greaseproof paper.
  4. Heat the sugar, honey and butter in a heavy pan until the syrup reaches 242F-248F on a sugar thermometer.
  5. Immediately pour the syrup into the nut mixture and stir quickly until thoroughly blended.
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. The batter will become stiff and sticky very quickly so you must work fast.
  7. Bake the panforte in the oven for 30-40 minutes. It will not colour or seem firm, even when ready, but it will harden as it cools.
  8. Once set, remove from the pan and sprinkle with icing sugar.
  9. This cake lasts for at least 2 weeks, if it hasn’t already been eaten! Store in paper not in the fridge.

Copyright Sophie Braimbridge

Has Sophie’s traditional panforte recipe got your mouth watering? See her equally delicious take on a chocolate torte.