24 (2-inch diameter) paper candy cups
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1-/12 teaspoons grated orange zest, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts or pistachios
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
Arrange the candy cups on a baking sheet; set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the figs, orange juice, honey, nutmeg, cloves, and 1
teaspoon orange zest. Cook over medium heat until the mixture forms a thick
paste, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the remaining orange
zest, cinnamon, and nuts. Set the mixture aside to cool.
Put the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small
saucepan just to a simmer. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for
about 5 minutes. Stir the mixture until the chocolate is perfectly smooth.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate into each candy cup. Top each
with a mounded teaspoon of the fig mixture. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
Panforte is a traditional Italian Christmas cake containing fruits and nuts - similar to a fruitcake.
It comes from Siena in Italy's Tuscany region. This recipe makes a candy with the same flavors