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Looking for a festive vegan treat? Look no further than panforte! This traditional Christmas cake is packed with nuts, fruits, and spices, making it the perfect sweet snack to enjoy during the holiday season. Plus, it’s really easy to make! Here’s a recipe so you can try it out yourself.


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Panforte (Christmas Cake)


Panforte is a type of Italian Christmas cake that originates from the city of Siena. The name panforte means “strong bread” and refers to the cake’s high content of nuts, spices, and fruit. Panforte is traditionally made with a variety of ingredients including almonds, hazelnuts, vegan candied fruit, and spices such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The ingredients are combined together and formed into a dough, which is then baked until it forms a hard crust. Panforte is typically enjoyed in thin slices, often with a cup of coffee or tea.


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Panforte is the perfect dessert for any Christmas party!


If you’re looking for a unique and delicious dessert to try this holiday season, panforte is definitely worth considering! Here are three reasons why I think it’s the perfect Christmas dessert.


1. Packed with flavor.

Between the sweetness of the honey and the rich flavors of the nuts and dried fruits, panforte is absolutely bursting with flavor. It’s the perfect dessert for someone who loves bold, complex flavors.


2. Unique.

Let’s face it, most Christmas desserts are pretty similar. You’ve got your pies, your cakes, your cookies… But panforte is something different entirely. Its unique flavor profile and unusual texture make it a real stand-out among holiday desserts.


3. Easy to make.

Despite its complex flavor, panforte is actually quite simple to make. And since it doesn’t require any special equipment or ingredients, it’s a great option if you’re short on time or resources.


If you’re looking for a delicious and unique holiday dessert, panforte is definitely worth considering! It’s packed with flavor, easy to make, and sure to impress your guests. So why not give it a try this year? You might just find that it’s your new favorite Christmas tradition!


As Christmas approaches, this recipe is ready to impress your guests. So, pin the recipe card now! What are you waiting for? Grab the ingredients and make this Panforte (Christmas Cake)


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Panforte (Christmas Cake)

This traditional Christmas cake is packed with nuts, fruits, and spices, making it the perfect sweet snack to enjoy during the holiday season. Plus, it's really easy to make! Here's a recipe so you can try it out yourself!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 20 Slices
Calories 176 kcal


Panforte ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup almonds roast them for 5 minutes
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts roast them for 5 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups candied fruit vegan
  • 8 oz. all-purpose flour plus 3 tbsp
  • 3/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp cloves ground
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 8 oz. confectioners' sugar plus 2 tbsp


Bake the panforte:

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a cake pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, toss to combine the hazelnuts, almond nuts, and vegan candied fruit; in a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose and all the spices. Set aside.
  • In a small pot over medium-high heat, whisk together the maple syrup, water, and confectioners' sugar and boil them for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Combine together the almond mixture, maple syrup mixture, and all-purpose flour mixture. Mix until fully combined.
  • On a prepared cake pan, transfer the combined mixtures and flatten them using wet hands or a spoon and dust with confectioners' sugar.
  • Bake for 40 minutes; remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Slice, serve, and enjoy!


Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas cake, panforte, plant-based, vegan
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Try This Panforte Today!


Panforte is a delicious and unique dessert that is perfect for any Christmas party. If you are looking for something new to try this holiday season, look no further than panforte! This recipe is easy to follow and the results are sure to please your guests. So what are you waiting for? Give panforte a try today!


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