I create cookies out of a deep passion for service to others . . . to teach older AND younger folks to make really good cookies . . . so they to can share their baking passion and joy with their friends. My customers asked me to make my premium cookies gluten-free; and I did. I've been a recovering CPA turned baker for 10 years. My gluten-free cookies have been sold in specialty food stores around the Bay Area and I have recently begun publishing my recipes on my blog zixcookies.wordpress.com.
Next week I'm heading out to hike from village-to-village in Ecuador and the Inca Trail, including Machu Picchu, in Peru. My ZIX Cookies Panforte is on both my packing and gift lists.
Next week I'm heading out to hike from village-to-village in Ecuador and the Inca Trail, including Machu Picchu, in Peru. My ZIX Cookies Panforte is on both my packing and gift lists. I slice the Panforte thin and wrap for nibbling on the trail and I slice into wedges for gifts to friends I make along my journey. Wrapped tightly, the treat lasts for months. I’m heading out for 3 months.
Nuts and fruit:
1 cup whole toasted hazelnuts
½ cup whole toasted almonds
5 oz. dried figs
3 oz. citron (candied Buddha hand fruit)
½ cup sorghum flour
¼ cup tapioca flour
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. chopped or crushed fennel seeds
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Liquid ingredients (kinda!)
2/3 c. honey
2/3 c. sugar
Pre-heat your oven to 300F, then;
Prep your baking pan:
Put the pan into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes (for 8 inch pan) or 25-30 for a 9 inch pan. The batter will done on the sides and slightly bubbling in the middle. If uncertain how the baking is progressing, under bake a bit rather than over bake. The honey/sugar syrup when over baked makes a rather ‘hard’ panforte.
Let the panforte set (to warm) on a rack. Then run a knife around the edge of the panforte and release the spring form pan. Once the panforte is totally cool you can ‘pry’ it from the bottom (of the spring form pan).
Panforte is then ready to cut in wedges and wrap for gifts or for bike rides or hikes or with coffee or tea. One 8 inch panforte, because of its richness, can serve a pretty big group (at least a dozen).