Tenina.com's My Forte, Panforte ~ Cake From Siena



  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC. Butter 5-6 small paper cake cases. (Available at kitchen stores.) Or, use a large round spring form cake tin and line the base. You can then cut the cake into wedges and wrap separately, for a David Jones look!

  2. Place nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and vanilla bean into Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 8.

  3. Add chocolate, BrewChoc granules, butter and sugar to Thermomix bowl and chop 2 sec/speed 8. Scrape down sides of bowl and add honey and cook 4 min/60ºC/speed 1.

  4. Add essences, flour and cocoa and combine 10 sec/speed 4. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat if necessary.

  5. Add fruit and nuts and combine 20 sec/Interval.

  6. Bake 30 minutes or until fragrant and set in the centre. You want a little chewiness to the end result. If you are making this in one bigger tin, cooking time will be as much as 1 hour or longer. Just make sure it is no longer glossy on the top, that the centre is almost set and the edges are not burnt!

  7. Leave to cool in turned off oven.

  8. Dredge with icing sugar twice, leaving a few hours between. Wrap and give away OR slice into thin slices and eat! (No, not all of them, just one!)

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