A traditional chewy Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts.

Panforte is a great treat on its own with an espresso, but we love it on an after dinner cheese platter served with a selection of creamy cheeses and dessert wine.

Never had a cheese patter for dessert? Check out our Autumn Dessert Cheese Platter for some inspiration.

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  • 500g pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tspn cinnamon
  • 1/2 tspn nutmeg
  • 1/2 tspn black pepper
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 100 g flaked toasted almonds
  • 100g walnuts
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 40 g grated dark chocolate


Preheat oven to 150 degree

Place dates in food processor and process until finely  chopped. Transfer into a saucepan and add sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and water. Bring to the simmer and allow the liquid to be been completely absorbed. Remove from heat, stir in almonds, walnuts, flour and chocolate. Spread the mixture into a greased and lined rectangular tart tin and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.

Invert panforte onto a serving plate and slice into small rectangles. Serve with creamy blues and brie on an after dinner cheese platter with a glass of dessert wine.


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