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Panforte Recipe-1197

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This famous cake from Siena, Italy, dates from the 13th century.

Yield: Makes 12-16 servings
Prep time: 30 Mins
Cooking time: 30 Mins


  • 1 cup whole blanched almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned, and roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped candied orange peel
  • 2/3 cup chopped candied lemon peel
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dried figs
  • ½ cup rice or all purpose flour 
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp butter, plus more for the pan
  • Confectioners sugar, for sifting

Special Equipment:

  • 8 in (20cm) springform pan
  • Rce paper


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter an 8in (20cm) springform pan. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. Place a round of rice paper in the bottom of the pan.

2. Stir the almonds, hazelnuts, candied peel, figs, rice flour, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice together in a bowl.

3. Stir the sugar, honey, and butter in a small saucepan over low heat until melted. Pour into the nut mixture and stir well. Spoon into the pan, and with moistened hands, press until smooth and even.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, until set. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely in the pan. Remove the sides of the pan and invert onto the rack. Peel off the parchment but leave the rice paper in place. Turn right side up.

5. Sift confectioners sugar over the panforte. Slice into thin wedges and serve.


The panforte will keep, wrapped in aluminum foil, for up to 3 weeks.

Edible rice (wafer) paper (available online at cake suppliers), for lining, or well-oiled parchment paper.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 16 servings, 1 tablespoon of butter for the pan, but does not include Confectioners' sugar for sifting.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

244kcal (12%)
53mg (5%)
1mg (1%)
12mcg RAE (0%)
4mg (1%)
14mg (1%)
2g (8%)
11g (17%)
1mg (6%)

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  • pattiepicc

    10.08.09 Flag comment

    My Husband Is Sicilian and knows Italian!
    He loved this! Even my mother in law smiled which is a great complement!
    I have found that its even better the next day!


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