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Panforte is an Italian Christmas Cake made with honey, nuts, chocolate, spices, and dried fruit. It is enjoyable at anytime of the year.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl except for honey, sugar and chocolate.
Place honey and sugar in a saucepan on a low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Simmer for about 5 minutes without stirring until it reaches a 'soft ball' consistency. (To test for this, when a small amount is dropped into cold water it should form a soft ball. Getting the soft ball consistency is important. If the honey syrup is under cooked the panforte will be soft and wet. If it is over cooked it will be dry and hard.)
Add melted chocolate and honey syrup to the dry ingredients and combine well.
Line a 20 x 25cm tin with baking paper.
Press mixture into tin and bake for 25 minutes or until the sides begin to firm. Cool, turn out and cut into portions.
Store in an airtight container until needed.
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