Celebrate Tuscany with a slice of Panforte.

From the culinary tradition of Siena, the Panforte cake has sweetened the palate of tuscans for many centuries and it is still a hit among italians, be it because of its very enticing flavor and unique texture or because it’s an entirely vegetable rich cake, it’s always ‘festa’ when you have a slice of it!

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Here our recipe:

Ingredients
– 200 gr icing sugar
– 150 gr chestnut or acacia honey
– 150 gr white flour
– 250 gr almonds
– 100 gr candied orange skin
– 100 gr candied citron skin
– 2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
– A sheet of rice paper
Toast almonds in the oven at 180 °C for about 6 minutes then chop them coarsely and put them in a large bowl with chopped candied fruits, flour and spices.
Over low fire in a small saucepan mix honey and 150 gr of sugar and cook for a few minutes until you get a golden syrup.
Pour the syrup in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Line the inside of a round baking tray (20-22 cm) with the rice paper and scoop in the mix, flatten the top and sprinkle with half of the remaining icing sugar.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 160 °C for 30 minutes, once out of the oven remove from the tray when it’s still a little warm, let it cool completely, give it a final sprinkle of icing sugar, slice it and enjoy!

 

Santa Claus’s Home in Montecatini

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In Montecatini, a small town in the heart of Tuscany, away from the hustle of big cities, from the 15th November to the 6th January 2014 you can visit a stunning reproduction of Santa Claus’s home.

Clowns, puppet shows, jugglers, face painting and elves are waiting for you at the home of Santa Claus located in the castle of Terme Tamerici.

Children will also have the chance to write a letter with a wish list and deliver it to the Elf postmen who uses a special machine to send it directly to Santa Claus.

A real wood lab, where children can build a real wooden toy with the help of skilled craftsmen, and even a playdough workshop, to knead, shape and create whatever you like.

And for those who are curious to meet little Santa’s helpers,the Village of the Elves where you can play and have a lot of fun, in a magic, carefree, unreal atmosphere.

Opening times and entrance fees

Open every day from 10 am to 21 pm

Ticket:

Adults € 7,00

Children € 6,00
(including labs)

Shows € 3,00
Chocolate Tasting € 3,00

Peccioli, the Christmas Fairyland in Valdera

fiabesque4 ” Once upon a time, there was a castle perched on the Pine Tree hilltop.

On top of the castle’s  tower there was a beautiful natural garden, the playground of rare and colorful butterflies invading the castle every spring time. The narrow winding roads scented of freshly baked bread and sweet pastry and the bell tower stroke the hours of peaceful and joyful days.

The castle was inhabited by nice people living in little houses made of bricks and ceramics and terracotta floor.

The children living there were all well-behaved, educated and good at school…but one day something very strange happened!

The sun did not rise, the bell tower stopped, all the little houses were dimly lit with shades of blue, yellow and pink and all the inhabitans found themselves  turned into elfs and fairies…”

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Fiabesque:  the most real Fairyland, in Peccioli at Christmas.

for information turismo@comune.peccioli.pi.it

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