Panforte di siena

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup All-purpose unbleached flour, sifted
¼ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Ground allspice
¾ cup Shelled almonds, blanched and toasted
¾ cup Shelled hazelnuts, blanched and toasted
¾ cup Candied orange peel, diced
¾ cup Candied citron, diced
¾ cup Candied mixed fruit
¾ cup Honey
¾ cup Granulated sugar
\N \N Confectioner's sugar


Preheat the oven to 300º F. Sift flour with cocoa, cinnamon, and allspice. Mix in nuts and fruit. Set aside. Combine honey and sugar in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Syrup should register 238º F. on a candy thermometer, or a bit dropped in cold water should form a soft ball. Remove from heat. Add flour mixture and blend well. Pour into a well-greased 9-inch pie plate or a spring-form cake pan. Smooth surface with a wet knife. Bake in a preheated 300º F. oven for 30 minutes, or until firm. Remove from oven, sprinkle top with confectioners' sugar, and cool on a cake rack. When cake is cool, remove from pan and dust all sides with a thick coating of confectioners' sugar. Cut into wedges to serve.

NOTES : Panforte has been made in Italy since the Middle Ages and is traditionally eaten at Christmas. This cake will keep indefinitely if wrapped well in foil or waxed paper and kept in an airtight container.

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 # Recipe by: © Ferrara Confectionery Company, 1968 From: "Frank Cavalier - cav@..." <cav@...> Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 08:10:58 -0500 (EST)

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