Panforte di Siena Recipe


Packed with dried fruit and nuts, this Tuscan specialty makes an energizing, healthy breakfast.

adapted from Alice Medrich

Note: Freshly grinding your black pepper makes a big difference in taste. If you can only get pre-ground, reduce amount to 1/4 teaspoon.

Recipe Details

Panforte di Siena Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 60 mins
Serves 12 servings


  • 2/3 cup flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted

  • 3/4 cup almonds, toasted

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest (from about one medium orange)

  • 2/3 cup honey

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 8 ounces dried Mission figs, stems removed, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line cake pan with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper and sides of cake pan liberally with butter or cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, coriander and cocoa powder. Stir in hazelnuts, almonds, zest and figs until combined.

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine honey and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Let mixture boil for 15 seconds then immediately pour over dry ingredients and stir until combined.

  4. Pour mixture into prepared cake pan and smooth top. Bake until batter is bubbling, about 45 minutes.

  5. Let Panforte cool completely then remove from pan. Dust top of cake with confectioners' sugar, if desired. Panforte will stay fresh, wrapped in plastic wrap, for months.

Special equipment

8-inch round cake pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
252 Calories
11g Fat
37g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 169mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)