Panforte Squares are an italian Christmas fruit cake, originating from Siena Italy, it’s traditionally served after a meal with coffee or dessert wine. It’s filled with nuts, dried fruit and has the taste of Christmas. It’s sticky, rich, nutty and taste sooooo amazing and I love it. It’s really addictive. 

It’s quite simple to make and doesn’t take very long. I seen this in the Asda magazine and it looked so tempting and as I really love nuts it made me what to make it more. This little square is quite the little luxury.

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Panforte Squares
Fruity, nutty Italian Panforte squares
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
  1. 100g - hazelnuts
  2. 150g - blanched almonds
  3. 75g - walnut pieces
  4. 75g - shelled pistachios
  5. 200g - dried figs
  6. 200g - mixed Peel
  7. 75g - plain flour
  8. 2 tbsp - cocoa powder
  9. 1 tsp - ground cinnamon
  10. 1/4 tsp - nutmeg*
  11. 225g - caster sugar
  12. 225g - honey
  13. 50g - butter
  14. Icing sugar, to dust
  1. 1. Either preheat the oven to 160°C or a place the nuts in a dry frying pan and cook for 7-9 minutes until golden. Once cool, roughly chop all the nuts. Also line a 8 or 9" square tin.
  2. 2. On a chopping board cut the figs into raisin-sized pieces, discarding the stems. Once the nuts are cool cut them as well.
  3. 2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. 3. In a medium saucepan put the sugar, honey and butter in a pan and heat slowly, stirring, until all the butter melts and the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. 4. Once all melted add the flour mix, chopped figs, mixed peel and nut mixture to the saucepan and mix well. Turn into the tin and level the top. Bake for 40 minutes at 160°C. Leave to cool. To serve, dust with icing sugar and cut into squares.
  1. *I used mixed spice instead of nutmeg.