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Christmas Panforte Recipe

Panforte Photo : Karen E Photography

Photo : Karen E Photography

Christmas Recipe Ten
Christmas Panforte

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

I’m ringing the changes and giving you two columns during December. They are about festive-season recipes so cannot be published on the last Saturday of the month as is usual. I shall showcase six recipes today and another six next Saturday - December 22, 2012. The format I have chosen is to highlight the 12 days before Christmas and start with what needs to be done first, working down to the last-minute items which have to be done on the day - the final preparations and putting everything together. African inspired, traditional recipes! I challenge one to get the traditional recipes correct before venturing off into the unknown. Nothing can be better than a chilled glazed gammon in this hot African sun.

A Sienna, Italian, Christmas Cake-very different from the typical English cake. More like a spicy-nutty-chocolate dense nougat. The South African Flair instead of using traditional hazelnuts and flaked almonds... think Mozambique an Cashews.

Yields: 16x20cm - 2 trays


  • 280g Cashew Nuts
  • 200g Castor Sugar
  • 200g Honey
  • 30ml Water
  • 350g Candied Peel
  • 50g Cocoa Powder
  • 110g Cake Flour
  • 3ml Cinnamon Powder
  • Rice Paper


  1. Roast the nuts, de-skin if necessary.
  2. Place the sugar, honey and water into a pot and bring up to 115°C.
  3. Place the candied peel, cocoa, cake flour and cinnamon powder into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the sugar mixture.
  5. Grease the tin, line with rice paper and then top with panforte mix.
  6. Bake at 130°C for 5 minutes, remove slightly cool and portion into desired shapes traditionally panforte is round.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713