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Panforte recipe

Panforte recipe

  Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts. The name literally means ‘strong bread’ and refers to its spicy and strong flavour. This traditional desert dates back to at least 1205 when it was used a tax payment to monks and nuns. If only we could pay our taxes with baking still! Panforte will add a sense of class to your Christmas gatherings and you can impress your guests with your historically important baking! Ingredients 5 tablespoons (40g) Dutch cocoa powder 2 1/2 cups (325g) mixed nuts eg. pistachio, almonds, macadamias, toasted and very coarsely chopped 3/4 cup (110g) flour 1 cup (200g) chopped candied citron or quality mixed candied fruit 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper pinch of grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder 85g dark chocolate, chopped 1 cup (200g) honey 1cup (200g) sugar extra cocoa powder for dusting powdered sugar for dusting   Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 165°C 2. Line the bottom of a 22-23cm springform pan with baking paper. Spray the pan with nonstick spray and dust the inside, including the sides, with cocoa powder 3. In a large bowl, mix the cocoa powder, nuts, flour, candied fruits, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg and chilli 4. Melt the chocolate then stir it into the nut mixture 5. Heat the sugar and honey in a pan with a thermometer until the temperature reaches 115°C 6. Pour the hot honey syrup over the nut mixture and mix together well. Scrape combined ingredients into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula 7. Bake the panforte for 35-40 minutes, …

Stained Glass Chocolate Recipe

Stained Glass Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients 380g dark or white chocolate (good quality) 100g candied orange, diced 12 red glace cherries, diced 75g pistachios, chopped 100g candied figs, diced Optional chilli powder or ginger powder pearl sugar   Instructions 1. Line a sandwich loaf tray with baking paper. 2. Melt the chocolate 3. If using chilli or ginger powder, mix it through 4. In the bottom of the tin spread half of the following ingredients: candied oranges, glace cherries, pistachios, candied figs and pearl sugar 5. Pour the chocolate on top. Spread the other half of the ingredients on top of the chocolate 6. Shake and tap the tin to make sure everything will set in the chocolate 7. Place in the fridge until cool 8. Remove from the tin and slice on an angle.  

Stelline

Stelline

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and these Stelline are the perfect snowflake addition to your dessert table! – submitted by Kitchen Angel   Ingredients   1 packet Bacio d’Alassio baking mix 1 packet Pearl Sugar 4 extra-large or jumbo egg whites   Method   1.  Preheat your oven to 175oC.  Line a tray with baking paper. 2.  Empty the contents of the baking mix into a bowl.  Add in the egg whites and mix well, making sure all lumps are out of the mix.  The moisture should be smooth and moist. 3.  Place the mix into a piping bag with a medium size star shaped nozzle (around 9mm is perfect).   Pipe stars onto the baking tray.  For whatever size star you choose, remember to keep the size all roughly the same on the tray to ensure even cooking. 4.  Sprinkle the biscuits with the pearl sugar. 5.  Bake at 190oC for 15 minutes, or until firm to touch.     Note:   These biscuits have a beautiful brownie flavour and make the perfect and easy dessert for any occasion, all year round.  As these biscuits are so pretty, we’ve turned the basic ingredients into a Stelline Gift Pack which you can purchase as a gift for anyone who needs a sprinkle of love in their life.