Panforte di Siena

Spiced Fruit and Nut Cake from Siena

Preparation info

  • Makes

    8 to 10

    servings
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Great Italian Desserts

By Nick Malgieri

Published 1990

  • About

Siena’s many pastry shops prepare an array of different panforti, a spicy, chewy distant cousin of fruitcake. Although recipes abound, none of Siena’s panforte manufacturers will reveal the exact formula. This version comes from my memory of eating much panforte in Siena and from Giovanni Righi Parenti’s wonderful chapter on panforte in La grande cucina toscana (Tuscany’s Great Cooking).

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