Traditional panforte

100g shelled almonds
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup honey
4 tablespoons sugar
250g mixed glace fruit, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
Juice of 1 lemon
Icing sugar to decorate

1. Preheat oven to 150°C, butter and line an 18cm round cake tin.

2. Put almonds and hazelnuts in a greased shallow pan and bake until golden (about 20 minutes). Set aside to cool. Reduce oven to 140°C.

3. Sift flour, cocoa, cinnamon and allspice. Mix well.

4. Place honey and sugar in a saucepan, cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix into flour mixture.

5. Then add in glace fruit, rind, juice and roasted nuts. Stir until well combined.

6. Place mixture into prepared tin, bake for about 50 minutes or until firm.

7. Remove from oven, turn out onto a cake tray, remove baking paper and allow to cool. Sprinkle with icing sugar and store in an airtight container.

I generally use a mixture of glace cherries, apricots, pineapple and orange (or citron).
This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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