Tuscan Panforte Margherita Cake
Panforte is a traditional Tuscan cake which has been around since the Middle Ages. In the past it was known as Pane Natalizio (Christmas bread) or Pane Aromatico or Panpepatus (Spicy bread) and baked only by skilled pharmacists called Speziali. Because of the rarity and cost of most of its ingredients, Panforte was enjoyed almost exclusively by the clergy and the wealthy.
Over the centuries the recipe of 'Panpepatus' did not change substantially with the main ingredients being candied fruits, spices and pepper. However in 1879, in Siena, during the visit of Queen Margherita di Savoia, a Speziale prepared a Panforte with less spices and without candied melon to better meet the Queen’s personal taste. In her honour this new recipe was called Panforte Margherita, today known also as Panforte Bianco.
Nowadays Panforte has become a well known dessert, served at the end of traditional Christmas meals, with a glass of sweet wine such as Tuscan Vin Santo. Presented in a gift box, it makes a great Christmas gift.
Almonds 30%, candied orange peel (orange peel, glucose-fructose syrup (contains wheat), sugar, natural flavours), wheat flour, sugar, candied citron (citron, glucose-fructose syrup, (contains wheat), sugar, natural flavours), candied lemon peel (lemon peel, glucose-fructose syrup (contains wheat), sugar, natural flavours), flower honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, wafer (potato flour, olive oil), natural flavours of vanilla. Icing sugar - ingredients: Sugar, cornstarch. May contain traces of other nuts, milk and soy.
Pasticceria Le Logge
Our new supplier in Tuscany produces a selection of traditional cookies and cakes following ancient Tuscan recipes.
Based in Massa Marittima, a beautiful medieval town, the Le Logge Pasticceria makes delicious Panforte, Cantucci, Ricciarelli with love and care! Like all our suppliers they pride themselves on made using high quality ingredients and respecting traditional recipes.