Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert cake that is filled with nuts and dried fruits. Known as the Christmas Cake in Italy, this dessert is dense, rich, and candy-like! One slice goes a long way. The recipe is vegan and paleo-friendly, making it a safe gift for loved ones (unless their allergic to nuts of course). We've used our Just. Sprouted. Almonds. to put an extra-crunchy twist on this indulgent, chocolatey dessert.
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 35 min
Yield: 16 slices
2 1/2 cupsdried fruit, such as fig, dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins
1 cupmacadamia nuts or skinless halved hazelnuts, pre roasted or toasted
4 tbsptapioca flour or rice flour
2 tbspcocoa powder
1/4 tspground ginger
1 tbsprefined coconut oil
3to4ounces of chopped dark chocolate (around90–100grams)
3/4 cupmaple syrup
2/3 cupcoconut palm sugar
Powdered sugar and cocoa or cacao powder to dust
Make sure all fruit is prepared. If using figs or dried apricot, pulse in the food processor to chop. If you are using smaller dried fruit, like raisins or cranberries, no need to chop.
Preheat oven to 350F. Toast the sprouted almonds for ~5-7 minutes. Each oven will vary. Remove from oven when golden.
Place toasted sprouted almonds in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Do the same for the macadamia nuts, or chop by hand. You should still have large pieces of nuts once chopped.
Reduce oven to 325F.
Line a 8-9 in cake pan (or spring form pan) with parchment paper. Make sure to grease the sides or cover sides with parchment paper.
Combine fruit, nuts, flour, cocoa, ground ginger, cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
In a small sauce pan combine your coconut oil, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Melt until combined on medium heat. Set aside.
Next, combine maple syrup and coconut palm sugar in a small sauce pot. Mix on low until sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil. Heat the sugar and maple syrup until the temperature reads 240 F (115ºC.) This usually takes 3 minutes or so. Once it reaches that temperature, remove from heat.
Immediately pour the hot syrup mix and melted chocolate mix over the fruit and nut mixture. With a sturdy spoon, mix quickly until everything mixed and coated. You will need to do this fast so it can “candy” in the bowl.
Press the batter into prepared caked tin. It is best to use a spatula that is a bit damp to press the batter into the tin, so it doesn’t stick.
Bake until set (~30 to 33 minutes). Be sure not to overcook or it will crumble.
Remove from oven.
Let it sit and cool for a few hours.
Once cooled, dust with cocoa and/or powdered sugar.
Slice into thin slices or into small blocks. Should make 15-20 small slices or more if you cut into small 1-2 inch squares.
To keep flavor, wrap tightly in parchment paper and store in tin. Should keeps well for a while.