Panforte

Siena honey cake   Authentic Italian recipe

Italian panforte - Siena honey cake
Panforte - Siena honey cake

Ingredients / Serves 12

  • 150 g (5 oz) bitter chocolate
  • 150 g (5 oz) sugar
  • 400 g (14 oz) sweet almonds, peeled
  • 40 g (1 1/2oz) bitter almonds, peeled
  • 300 g (10 oz) honey
  • 350 g (12 oz) assorted candied fruit
  • 1/2 tablespoon candied orange peel
  • 200 g (7 oz) white flour
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 30 g (1 oz) pine-nuts
  • 10 g (1/3 oz) icing sugar for dusting
  • Time:
    preparation - 15 minutes
    cooking - 30 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 584 (kcal) 30 % GDA (*)- 2443 (kJ)
    Protein: 11.8 (g) 16 % GDA
    Total fat: 26.3 (g) 38 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 78.4 (g) 30 % GDA
    Sugars: 64.3 (g) 72 % GDA

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Crush all the bitter almonds with half of the sweet ones. Mix the other half with the pine-nuts. Cut chocolate into little pieces.
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
Heat the honey in a little pan until it becomes transparent. At this point switch off the gas
and add all the ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon slowly. You have to add flour slowly.
At this point pour the mixture into a low, wide, round cake tin, previously floured. Bake in the oven for half an hour or until the cake becomes brown and firm.
Let it cool and dredge with icing sugar before serving.

What's the right wine for " Siena honey cake "?

Our suggestion is: Vin Santo (a sweet red wine from Tuscany or Umbria - Italy)