Panforte di Sienna cake

Panforte di Sienna cake

0:15 To Prep
1:00 To Cook
12 Servings
Average Rating
Difficulty Medium

This traditional Italian Christmas cake is an elegant nod to that amazing cuisine. Easy to throw together. It needs a bit of elbow grease to stir the honey through.


  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 100g roasted slivered almonds
  • 100g hazelnuts, chopped
  • 100g mixed peel
  • 100g dried figs, diced
  • 2/3 cup Plain flour
  • 2 tbsn cocoa powder, preferably dutch cocoa
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped finely

Step 1

Heat oven to 120C.

Step 2

Bring honey, sugar and water to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Mix all remaining ingredients together thoroughly.

Step 4

Stir honey mixture through the dry ingredients to thoroughly moisten them. You'll end up with a thick paste. It will take 3-5 minutes.

Step 5

Lightly butter the base of a spring form pan. Dust with cocoa. Pour chocolate mixture into the spring form pan. Push it down to an even thickness.

Step 6

Bake in oven for 1 hour.

Step 7

Remove from oven and let cool.

Chef's Tips

This cake is delicious but quite rich, Serve small pieces.

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