'Panforte' pies

'Panforte' pies

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins plus chilling

Skill level



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

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  • 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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  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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MoscowMama's picture
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I made these as an alternative to mince pies for a Christmas party and got lots of great compliments. I also discovered that you can make them a couple of days in advance which is handy. The only reason I didn't give them five stars is because they don't look as appealing as they taste - they definitely need a good dusting of icing sugar to decorate them with!

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.

karen07's picture
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This is a lovely treat. Made them for our team Secret Santa giving party. Went down really well.