Panforte is growing in popularity in the UK specially around Christmas time. Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits, nuts and spices. The origins of Panforte date back to the crusaders who discovered it in Turkey. The soldiers used this staple on their long marches as it kept well due the high honey based content.There are references to the crusaders carrying panforte with them on their quests. Panforte was also used to help survive long sieges. The crusaders in turn brought panforte back on their long voyage back home.Italy’s Tuscany region particularly Siena claims to be the origin of this dessert.
Panforte is made in a very traditional way, sugar is dissolved in honey and various Italian nuts, fruits and spices are mixed together with flour. The entire mixture is baked in a shallow pan. The finished disc is dusted with icing sugar. The Panforte sits on a layer of edible rice paper and is held together by a band of paper, which is not edible.
Our Panforte uses only the very best Italian Fruit and Almonds the various spices which are used in our secret family recipe are also the very best quality. Our Panforte has been produced by three generations for more than 60 years.
How to best enjoy Panforte
- Panforte is perfect paired with wine, cheese or beer
- A great treat anytime, it will satisfy the deepest cravings for sweets – pairs perfectly with chocolate
- Sliced into small wedges and set out as a sweet appetiser at a party
- Serve at the end of meal with coffee or port
- Panforte has a long shelf life and doesn’t need refrigeration
When Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Siena. In honour of her visit, a local spice seller made a version of the cake without melon and with a layer of vanilla-flavoured sugar on top instead of black pepper. The people of Siena gave this ‘white’ version of panforte to Queen Margherita and called it ‘Panforte Margherita’ in her honour. This more delicate version is the one still sold today. The consistency is soft, the flavor is sweet, with an aftertaste of candied fruit, almonds and a hint of spice. In 2014 Panforte from Siena obtained the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) European designation of quality label. Our Margherita Panforte is the Traditional Panforte made with Almonds, Fruit and Spices.