Called the "King of Sienese Sweets," panforte is a specialty of the Tuscan city of Siena. Much like a fruitcake, this dense holiday cake is packed with candied fruits like citron, melon and orange, plus toasted almonds and hazelnuts and a blend of spices.
Panforte is an excellent sweet to enjoy after a large feast, since just a few rich bites are wonderfully satisfying. It's traditionally served in small wedges accompanied by espresso or the dessert wine Vin Santo.
Also try Pasticcerie Sinatti's deeply flavored Panforte Nero, topped with a layer of black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and cocoa powder.