Panforte is an old-fashioned sweetmeat, which dates back to the Renaissance and was reputedly first created in Siena. It is widely available to buy ready-made in all Italian food stores. Making it at home is a sticky but enjoyable process, and the end result, although a lot less perfect-looking than the ready-made version, tastes absolutely wonderful. You can normally buy the edible rice paper from good confectioners and many supermarkets, but otherwise simply line the baking tin with baking parchment and then remove it before eating the cake. Serve the flat, shallow cake sliced into thin strips. It is especially delicious with some black coffee or dessert wine.
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