panforte for Christmas since 2009 with a recipe that uses fruit mince. This year I found a new recipe in the magazine from the supermarket and decided to try it. The recipe didn't call for fruit mince, which helped my resolution not to make fruit mince this year (having had last year's in the fridge all year).
Once the sugar and honey were in the saucepan they were frothing with heat and the mercury was shooting up the candy thermometer and I had to break up chocolate and drop it into the hot liquid quickly. However stirring the final mixture didn't need the oiled spoon the recipe suggested - that seemed like too much work.
Christmas Day. We saved it for Boxing Day when my dad's family came to celebrate with us. It didn't disappear as quickly as the caramel tart or look as impressive as my mum's black forest trifle but it was a good festive addition to the table. My aunt, Jacqui, is a big fan of panforte so I always know it will be appreciated.
with chocolate chunks), I think this dense chewy chocolate cake is just my sort of festive fruitcake.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Edinburgh Cafe: Scottish Storytelling Centre
Two years ago: Christmas cheese muffins, icy poles and the beach
Three years ago: On being a vegetarian
Four years ago: Potluck in Prinny Park
Five years ago: Chocolate, cherry and chestnut cake
Six years ago: Still life with fruit and fudge (NYE pt 1)
Slightly adapted from Coles Magazine December 2013
- 110g* whole blanched almonds, roasted
- 125g* whole hazelnuts, roasted, rubbed to remove skins
- finely grated zest of 1 large orange
- finely grated zest of 1 medium lemon
- 150g dried figs, chopped
- 2/3 cup plain flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp mixed spice
- 2/3 cup caster sugar
- 2/3 cup honey
- 100g dark chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa), finely chopped
- icing sugar, to dust
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 25cm round springform tin. (I did a 20cm round tin and a 15 cm round tin.)
Stir nuts, zest, figs, flour, cocoa and mixed spice in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Heat sugar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has melted. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer without stirring about 5-6 min or until it registers 118 C on a candy thermometer. (This happened rather quickly for me but perhaps that is because I wasn't sure when the sugar was melted as I could still see graininess.)
Remove from heat immediately and stir in chopped chocolate. Quickly tip chocolate mixture into dry ingredients and stir until well combined (it will be quite a stiff mixture).
Press mixture into prepared tins. Bake for 25 minutes. (The recipe didn't say how to tell if it was cooked - I think the sheen should fade to a dullness but otherwise am not sure. My little tin was slightly charred around the sides but was still good to eat.) Cool in tin. Keeps in airtight container for up to 4 weeks. Dust with icing sugar to serve. Cut into thin wedges with a sharp knife.
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