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Panforte

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
Prep: 11 minutes; Cook: 47 minutes; other: 2 hoursServe this dessert chilled or at room temperature with a cup of coffee or vinsanto (Italian sweet wine).

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole or slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup pitted prunes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried Calimyrna figs, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 249
  • fat 9.3 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • protein 4.6 g
  • carbohydrate 39.5 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 4 mg
  • calcium 52 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.

  2. Coat an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray.

  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, almonds, and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until flour coats fruit and nuts. Set aside.

  4. Combine honey and granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring syrup to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes. Carefully and quickly add hot syrup to fruit mixture; stir quickly with a wooden spoon to coat. Quickly spread mixture evenly into prepared pan, pressing lightly with back of spoon. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes (mixture will be soft and appear underdone but will firm as it cools). Cool at least 2 hours in pan on a wire rack (or cool 1 day for best results). Remove panforte from pan; remove parchment paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into wedges. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

  5. Panforte (pan-FOHR-tay) is a cross between candy and fruit cake. This specialty from Siena is a typical Christmas dessert, but it can easily be found year-round in pastry shops throughout Italy.

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