Slices of Panforte ready for serving
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr

A traditional holiday dessert! Panforte is commonly known as spicy Italian fruit cake that contains a mix of dried fruits and nuts! Recipe VIDEO below.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups whole almonds, blanched and toasted
  • 2 & 1/2 cups whole hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup candied orange peel
  • 3/4 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch clove powder
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (plus 2 tbsp for serving)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup cold water
  • butter and flour, for greasing pan
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Grease and flour a 9-inch baking pan. Place a baking paper at the bottom of the pan.
  2. Mix flour, clove powder, nutmeg, salt, almonds, hazelnuts, candied orange, dried figs and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. Combine honey and powdered sugar in a small pan. Put pan over medium-low heat and dissolve sugar. When it starts to boil, add a cup of cold water. Stir to combine water with the honey mixture. Remove pan from the heat.
  4. Add sugar mixture to the flour mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour combined mixture on the greased pan. Press mixture to even it out. You can use your hands to do this.
  6. Place pan in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Set aside to cool.
  8. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Slice. Serve.