Are you looking for a creative, delicious dessert recipe for the holidays? Here is a recipe from my cook book which I think you might enjoy!
Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert–really more of a gooey confectionary–originating from the ancient city of Siena many centuries ago, but now popular all over Italy. Though sometimes called an Italian fruitcake, it shares little resemblance to the version of fruit cake so many of you despise. Panforte’s main ingredients are honey, sugar, almonds, hazelnuts, candied citrus peel. Some versions have dried fruits. It also has many of the spices you would find in a traditional spice cake. I made this for the holidays. Its so rich that its hard to eat a lot at once, but I couldn’t keep from snacking on it several times per day.
A fun option is to make a number of mini Panforte to give away as gifts. Top do so, double the recipe and cook in a 9×13 baking pan. Then using an oiled circular cutter, cut into mini Panforte’s. Wrap each in wax paper and tie with colored string. You then have all the yummy leftover scraps to eat yourself. Buon appetito!