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The Dish on Tuscan Desserts

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The Dish on Tuscan Desserts
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Who hasn't daydreamed of enjoying gelato while taking a stroll under the Tuscan sun? Gelato, which is rumored to have been invented in Florence in the 16th century, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the desserts Tuscany.

If you're the type who has a sweet tooth we think you'll enjoy preparing Tuscan cantuccini biscuits. Laced with almonds and orange zest, these cookies are ideal for dipping in Vin Santo, a syrupy Italian dessert wine that's a staple of Tuscany.

You'll also love Panforte di Siena, a fragrant fruit and nut cake that originated in Siena, a city whose town center has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This dessert is spiced with cinnamon, cloves and cocoa and also pairs well with Vin Santo.

Other popular desserts include the legendary chestnut flour cake, which contains no sugar, and schiacciata con l'uva, a type of grape bread made during harvest season.

To learn more about Tuscan desserts we recommend you check out The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from  Our Italian Kitchen by Frances Mayes and Claudia Roden's The Food of Italy.

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