I’ve teamed up with my favourite clothing brand, Braintree clothing, to share with you a recipe for vegan Panforte!
Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert made with fruits, nuts and spices. It dates back to the 13th century in Siena, Tuscany, hence why it’s also sometimes called a Siena cake or Panforte Di Siena.
The texture is somewhere between a fruitcake and a candy and the flavour is sweet, festive and completely addictive!
Panforte keeps really well (it will stay fresh in an air-tight container for a few weeks) so it’s perfect for gift-giving. You can either serve it in slices or cut it into squares or strips.
A dusting of icing sugar on top not only makes it look pretty but turns it into a real festive show-stopper. I love to add fresh holly leaves on top for a simple added decoration.
Compared to most other Christmas treats, Panforte can be a fairly healthy option. With fruits, nuts, natural sugars, minimal flour and just a small amount of oil. It’s easy to make gluten-free too! (Just use gluten-free flour).