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Panforte: A 14th century Italian Chrismas dessest made with nuts, candied orange peel, dried fruits and aromatice spices. | Ethnicspoon.com
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Panforte Recipe Card

Literally translated, panforte means “strong bread” a reference to its rich and aromatic flavor. Panforte is a traditional Christmas Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts, and resembles fruitcake.  The predominant spices in panforte are nutmeg, cinnamon , coriander, and cloves. These spices combined with some dried fruit make a delicious dessert.  

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword authentic, Christmas dessert, fruit cake, spiced bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12 servings
Calories 243 kcal



  1. Preheat oven to 350'F and line an 8" round cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place almonds and hazelnuts on a parchment covered baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes.
  3. Lower oven temperature to 300'F
  4. Using a food processor, chop nuts coarsely. Place in a large bowl and add the candied orange peel, apricots, cherries and orange rind.
  5. Add the flour, cocoa powder, coriander, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well.
  6. In a saucepan on low heat, mix sugar and honey until well dissolved. Allow to boil and cook for about 5 minutes. The mixture should begin to darken.
  7. Add the nut mixture to the pan and mix thoroughly.
  8. Carefully pour the mixture into the parchment covered cake pan and bake for about 1 hour.
  9. The cake should bubble and rise just a little bit.
  10. Allow to cool completely, about 4-6 hours and carefully invert onto a large round cake platter.
  11. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into triangles.
Nutrition Facts
Panforte Recipe Card
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.