“Protein Pow(d)ered” Panforte di Siena

“Protein Pow(d)ered” Panforte di Siena
“Protein Pow(d)ered” Panforte di Siena
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Ingredients
  1. 300 g sugarless candied fruit
  2. 250 g almonds or a mix between almonds and hazelnuts
  3. 100 g honey
  4. 1 Tbsp Stevia or xylitol or sucralose to taste
  5. 75 g calcium caseinate protein powder, unflavored or vanilla, chocolate or try your favorite
  6. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  7. 25 g sugarfree cocoa powder
  8. ½ tsp vanilla extract
  9. A big wafer, the kind used for Communion (it helps to keep the Panforte together or mix 5 g xanthan gum)
Instructions
  1. Toast the almonds lightly – bake at 300° F for ten minutes.
  2. Make sure they don’t get burnt.
  3. Dice the candied fruit and mix it, the nuts, the spices, and the protein powder.
  4. Using a heavy-bottomed pot and a very low flame, set the honey and the Stevia to boil.
  5. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon, being careful to keep the mixture from sticking.
  6. When the syrup reaches the hard ball stage, remove the pot from the stove and stir in the candied fruit, protein powder, and nut mixture.
  7. Line a 9-inch diameter deep dish pan with the wafer.
  8. Pour the batter into the pan.
  9. Flat the batter till it is about one inch thick.
  10. Smooth the top with a dampened spoon.
  11. Cover with parchment paper – the panforte should not brown.
  12. Bake at 300° F for about half an hour.
  13. Let cool.
  14. Sprinkle some more protein powder over the panforte.
  15. Serve.
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