(No-bake) Roasted Hazelnut and Ginger Panforte

, from Issue #78. May, 2018
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
(No-bake) Roasted Hazelnut and Ginger Panforte

This is a super simple version of a regular panforte that gets baked in the oven. Use any combination of dried fruit and nuts.

Serves: 6–8


2 sheets edible rice paper*
250 grams pale runny honey
finely grated zest 1 orange and 1 lemon
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ginger
¼ cup roughly chopped crystallised ginger
⅓ cup sliced dried apricots
150 grams roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
150 grams soft white breadcrumbs made from 2-day old bread (don’t use dried breadscrumbs)
2 teaspoons orange or rose flower water


Lightly grease a 20cm-square cake tin and line the base with a sheet of edible rice paper, cutting it to fit snugly.

Put the honey, zests and the ground spices in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir continuously over a low heat for 3 minutes until the mixture thickens and starts to come away from the sides of the saucepan.

Spoon the mixture into the tin and use the back of a spoon to smooth it evenly. Top with rice paper, cutting to fit, and press down gently with the spoon. Cool, then chill, before removing from the tin. Cut into pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes 1 panforte.