Chocolate Panforte

Serves: 12

Ingredients

1 cup blanched almonds (coarsely chopped, then lightly toasted)
1½ cups walnuts
200g dried figs (stems removed, quartered)
1 cup raisins (coarsely chopped)
150g good quality dark chocolate (coarsely chopped)
¾ cup plain flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons mixed spice
¾ cup Capilano Honey
¾ cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon water
pure icing sugar (for dusting)

Instructions

  • 1

    Preheat oven to 1500C. Grease and line base and sides of a 22cm round baking pan with non-stick baking paper.

  • 2

    Combine almonds, walnuts, figs, raisins and chocolate in a large, heatproof bowl.

  • 3

    Sift together flour and spices. Add to fruit and nut mixture and stir to combine.

  • 4

    Place honey and caster sugar in a small saucepan and stir over a moderate heat until sugar dissolves and mixture starts to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes or until soft ball stage (drop a little mixture into a glass of cold water - it should form a soft ball).

  • 5

    Pour hot mixture onto dry mixture and working quickly, stir to combine, using a large metal spoon. Spoon into prepared pan and press down firmly, smoothing surface with damp hands. Bake 35 minutes. The mixture will still feel quite soft. Cool in pan.

  • 6

    To serve, remove from pan, dust with icing sugar and cut into pieces.

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