made this up for my xmas hampers, but found it not sweet enough, and a tad dry. BUT I had nothing to compare it too :) I cut up some little pieces and put them in a ziplock bag with a teaspoon of icing sugar, and took them to some friends to try. They had tasted the real thing in Italy. They said it was better then the one they had :) Once it was dusted all over with the sugar, I found it was a lot nicer then without. My mix was also a little dry, I think it needed a little more honey, as it certainly wasnt a "Batter" thanks for posting!
This tasted really lovely and rich but I had trouble getting the dough to come together, I made it as stated but there didnt seem to be enough liquidy ingredients and some of the dry floury fruit&nut mix was left in the bowl. regardless it baked up ok.
This looks exactly like the panforte my aunt and her family send out every year to all us lucky relatives! I've never made it myself, but I have to say: in our modern culture of super-sweet, quick&cheap desserts, this is a rich and truly amazing treat.
I knew I had to try this when I read the ingredient list. I was so sure I would like it that I doubled the recipe. I wasn't disappointed!