Impress your guests this Christmas and dish up award-winning food! This festive season we'll be coming to you with a selection of handpicked recipes from our renowned restaurant partners. Kicking it off is Executive Chef Alessandro Pavoni, from two-hatted restaurant Ormeggio at The Spit, with his classically Italian Panforte recipe. This traditional dessert has held an important place in Italian households since the 13th century and is the perfect cake to make in advance, giving you one less task for the Christmas Eve rush!
You'll need a kitchen thermometer for this recipe.
Preheat oven to 190°C and grease a 30cm cake tin.
Place the water and sugar in a small saucepan and boil until it reaches 110°C.
Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients, except butter, in a mixing bowl.
Add the sugar syrup to the bowl, mixing quickly to combine well. Pour mixture into the cake tin and place in oven for 15 minutes or so, until golden brown.
Remove from oven and set aside to cool in the tin, turn out of the tin, cut into wedges and serve with coffee.