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Panforte with Fig and Nuts

Panforte with Nut and Figs is an Italian favourite. Originally from Siena, this rich sweet can now be found throughout Italy and beyond. A chewy confection full of nuts and fruit, it is perfect served with coffee.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 20 people
Author: Marcellina


  • 1 cup blanched almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup  hazelnuts nuts (toasted)
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs (stems discarded)
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied orange slices
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup  cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 100 grams dark chocolate


  • Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F. Grease and line a 23cm/9in springform pan.
  • Combine nuts, figs and candied orange slices in a large bowl.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa, spices, and salt and combine with nut mixture.
  • Combine the honey and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil then simmer for 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir through the chocolate until melted then remove from heat.
  • Pour into the bowl with the flour mixture, nuts, and fruit and mix until well combined.
  • You will find that once you add the chocolate, and remaining ingredients the mixture becomes quite firm and you will need some muscle to mix it. That all as it should be.
  • Press the mixture into a prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Cool in pan before turning out and slicing.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg