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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.  

did someone say christmas?

did someone say christmas?

  Did someone say it’s less than 3 weeks to go?   Did someone put their decorations up in November, once Halloween was over?   Ok, so there’s no denying it.  That time of year is practically upon us now and if you haven’t already NOW is the time to start getting organised.  Or at the very least, make a cup of tea, sit down with pen and paper and start to plan for the festive season.  Well if Santa is writing his list and checking it twice, then so should you for goodness sake!   So to keep it short and sweet for you seeing as you could probably use this time for other purposes, here’s our top 5 gifts for the foodie at heart this year:   Our no. 1 pick is for those who want to look as good as their food – the cute new Kitchen Angel apron, designed and made in Australia.     For no. 2 we’re thinking of the host with the most.  Or you.   Stelline baking mix pack.  Just add egg whites to this pack and you’ve got a couple of batches of stelline biscotti.  This makes the perfect gift or dessert to take to your party host.   Coming in at no. 3   An Ellis Benson tea towel medley.  These beautiful, bright, packaged delights are great as a gift on their own, as a stocking filler or added to a hamper with a bunch of other kitchen goodies.     Almost there.  For no. 4 we’re going with mixed nuts.  Into DIY gifts?  Then your choice of our mixed nuts, raw or flavoured and packaged in …