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    Italian Chocolate and Nut Cake (Panforte)

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    3 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    3 hrs

    KWB's Note:

    Just saw this on five's Cooking the Books and wanted to hang onto it. It comes from Fantastico! recipe book by Gino D'Acampo. I love the idea of a quick chocolate fix that looks elegant and doesn't require cooking! Cooking time = cooling time, 2 hours for 'cake' to set, then another hour for the topping to set. (Note: contains raw egg whites)

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    1. 1
      Melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, ensuring that the base of the bowl does not touch the water
    2. 2
      Use a fork to beat the egg whites in a large bowl for 2 minutes. Add in the peel, ground almonds, the nuts, icing sugar and Amaretto. Mix well, then very gently fold in the melted chocolate.
    3. 3
      Line a circular flan dish measuring about 18cm across and 3sm deep with clingfilm. Pour in the mixture and set aside for 2 hours.
    4. 4
      To make the topping, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, ensuring that the base of the bowl does not touch the water
    5. 5
      Melt the icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir to check the sugar has melted, then add the chocolate to make a syrup.
    6. 6
      Turn out the cake onto a plate and peel off the clingfilm. Use a spatula to cover the surface with the chocolate syrup. Set aside for 1 hour until the chocolate has hardened.
    7. 7
      Serve in slices, dusted with icing sugar, with a cup of your favourite tea.

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Chocolate and Nut Cake (Panforte)

    Serving Size: 1 (179 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 858.3
    Calories from Fat 575
    Total Fat 63.9 g
    Saturated Fat 24.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 52.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 81.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 16.5 g
    Sugars 53.6 g
    Protein 20.3 g

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    amaretto liqueur

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