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How to make the perfect Panforte - honeyed Tuscan Christmas cake

Panforte is a traditional, chewy Italian dessert packed full of fruit and nuts, typically enjoyed at Christmas.

We've teamed up with Belfast Cookery School to show you how to make this delicious Tuscan treat.

Ingredients

  • 300g nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts and almonds) toasted and chopped
  • 50g candied peel, finely chopped
  • 250g dried fruit (dates and apricots)
  • 50g plain flour
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 125g good quality honey
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp marsala wine
  • Icing sugar to dust

Method

1. Tip nuts, peel and dried fruit into a bowl. Sieve flour and spices and mix together.

2. Heat the honey, sugar and wine in a medium pot over a medium heat. Bubble for 3-4 mins until sugar is dissolved. Pour the hot liqud over the fruit and nuts, then mix. Scrape the mixture into 20cm greased and lined flan ring. Use the back of a wet spoon to flatten mix. Bake at 130ooC for 25-30 mins

3. Surface should be soft but not stick - it will firm u as it cools. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then remove. Cool completely on rack and dust generally with icing sugar.

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