Energy Snack: Ottolenghi's Chocolate Panforte Recipe
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 38 slices
A nutritious energy snack that's packed with quality dried fruit and nuts - great for days outside or to gift to family and friends for the holidays.
  • 150g whole blanched almonds
  • 150g whole blanched hazelnuts/filberts
  • 200g dried figs, cubed
  • 100g candied orange peel, cut in small cubes
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa mass)
  • 175g sugar
  • 250g honey
  1. Preheat the oven at 180C/350F, grease a square 20 cm/ 8" mould and line with baking paper.
  2. Roast the nuts in the oven on a baking tray until brown and fragrant (10 min), then turn off the oven. Leave in the oven until ready to use.
  3. In a bowl, combine orange peel, figs, orange zest with flour, cocoa powder, spices, salt and pepper.
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave oven or in a double boiler using bain-marie method.
  5. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and honey over low heat to a simmer until it reaches 114C on a sugar thermometer (soft boil stage).
  6. Carefully pour hot syrup over the fruit & dry ingredients mix, then add the warm nuts straight from the oven.
  7. Fold in warm chocolate and stir until well combined (it will be rough and stiff).
  8. Press the mixture into the lined mould and flatten with a spatula.
  9. Bake for 18 minutes, until panforte is set but still soft. Remove from oven and let cool. Rest for a few days before cutting into small segments.
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