'Panforte' pies

'Panforte' pies

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins plus chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

The traditional Italian dessert is turned into a pretty hand-held nutty pie with chocolate and figs, plus an orange liqueur cream topping

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
294
protein
6g
carbs
28g
fat
18g
saturates
7g
fibre
2g
sugar
16g
salt
0.2g

Ingredients

  • 140g mixed shelled and blanched nuts such as pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds and cashews
  • 375g pack ready-made sweet shortcrust pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 50g butter
  • 50g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp dark maple syrup
  • 50g good-quality chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • zest ½ orange
  • 50g soft dried figs, chopped to a paste in a food processor
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

To serve

  • 150ml whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra to dust
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau or other Christmassy booze
  • zest ½ orange

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toast the nuts on a small baking tray for 5-8 mins until golden. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and stamp 12 circles with a 7.5cm plain round cutter. Use to line the wells of a 12-hole bun tin. Chill until step 3. (You will only use around half of the pastry.)
  2. Turn the oven down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Melt the butter, sugar, syrup and chocolate together in a small pan, then beat in the egg, orange zest, figs and cinnamon. Stir in the toasted nuts.
  3. Spoon the nutty mixture into the pastry cases and bake for 18-20 mins until the pastry is pale golden. Cool for 10 mins in the tin, then remove to a rack until just warm. Whip the cream with the sugar and booze, then dust the pies with a little icing sugar and finish with a dollop of cream and a scattering of orange zest just before eating. Good with strong coffee or mint tea.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2013

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sllyst's picture

The recipe worked fine but despite only having a small amount if figs in, it was all i could taste and i really didn't enjoy them so if you don't like figs, leave them out or skip this altogether.

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This is a lovely treat. Made them for our team Secret Santa giving party. Went down really well.

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