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Giftable Christmas Panforte

Recipe by Tobie Puttock

  • 120g walnuts, shelled
  • 300g whole almonds, shelled
  • 60g dried figs, finely chopped
  • 130g candied orange and lemon rind, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 pinch of white pepper
  • 100g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 180g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 5 tablespoon honey
  • Rice paper for gift wrapping if using

1) Preheat oven to 180°C.

2) Line a baking tray with baking paper. Scatter the almond and walnuts evenly over the tray and pop the tray into the oven. After about four minutes remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled use a food processor to pulse them until roughly chopped.

3) Put the chopped nuts, figs, candied citrus rind, spices and the cocoa powder in a large bowl, mix them together and set aside.

4) Put the sugar and honey in a clean bowl over a pot of simmering water, after about 8 minutes it should have combined. Dip a spoon into the mixture and lift it out, if the mix forms a thread (a bit like toffee) it’s ready. Cook longer if it’s not quite there.

5) Stir the flour into the honey mixture and then fold into the fig and nut mix, stir to combine.

6) Line a baking tray with baking paper, pour in the mixture and press it down using your fingers so it’s about 2cm thick and even in thickness.

7) Bake for about 45 minutes in a preheated oven on 180°C. Once ready remove and allow to cool on a rack. Once cooled you can cut them into any shape.

8) Dust with icing sugar and serve or wrap as Christmas presents. Edible rice paper works well.

Serves 4.

Watch Tobie make it here.

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