Christmas Foodie Gifts: Panforte & Truffles Cook Along

Learn how to make classic Italian Panforte and Amaretto Truffles, which are perfect for gifting.

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Panforte is a traditional Italian 'hard bread', filled with nuts, fruits and honey, which complement any cheeseboard and it's perfect for gifting too. While the Panforte bakes, we'll make and roll a batch of chocolate truffles with Amaretto (or the spirit of your choice); a delicious gift or a treat served with coffee at the end of Christmas dinner.

  • Making a chocolate ganache
  • Roasting nuts and making Panforte
  • Rolling truffles

Makes: 10 large chocolate truffles & 1 large Panforte (4 gifting portions)

Duration: This class will last approximately 1 hour

Prepare ahead: Please have all your ingredients weighed out and ready along with the equipment you’ll need.

Shopping List (makes 10 large chocolate truffles & 1 large Panforte (4 gifting portions):


  • 100ml double cream
  • 5g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100ml double cream
  • 5g unsalted butter, softened

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  • 100g dark chocolate (we recommend Waitrose No1 65% Dominican Republic)
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 35ml Disaronno amaretto liqueur (or whiskey, cointreau, frangelico or spirit of your choice)
  • 60g Amaretti biscuits (or roasted chopped hazelnuts, or cocoa powder for rolling truffles)
  • 75g pistachios, shelled
  • 75g blanched hazelnuts
  • 125g dried figs
  • 125g dates
  • 60g honey
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 70g plain flour
  • 50ml sweet wine (we recommend Vin Santo)
  • Icing sugar, for dusting


  • 2 x small saucepans
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 x small mixing bowls
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Rolling pin *optional
  • 20cm square tin or 23cm round tin
  • Baking parchment
  • Spoons, for scooping truffles
  • Cellophane bags & ribbon or boxes, for storing and gifting

About your instructor: You’ll be led through this class with one of our experienced chefs from the Waitrose Cookery School.

Joining a virtual experience: Our Virtual Experiences will take place via Zoom. We’d recommend using a laptop or desktop if possible to make it easier for you to take part. Two days before your Virtual Experience, we’ll send you full details on how to join.

Please note: T&C’s apply.


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