Panforte di Siena

Panforte is an excellent Christmas cake alternative, but really – it is also tremendous any time of year!

My first encounter with traditional panforte was in the picturesque Tuscan city of Siena, the birthplace of this fabulous recipe. I was never far away from freshly made variations of panforte no matter where I ventured. It wasn’t difficult for me to head into several specialty bakers and sample some of their creations. It was a thrilling day.

Panforte latterly means strong bread, but it’s not really a bread at all. The original creation probably occurred around 1830 by monks and nuns

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