The Panforte di Siena is the typical cake of the city, known since the Middle Ages. In origin it was a simple cake, prepared with flour and honey; then it was added the fruit, usually grape, almonds and figs, and, after the discovery of the spices, also cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, pepper (for this reason the other name of Panforte is PanPepato).
The recipe of PanPepato did not have modifications and the ingredients had remained the same until the year 1879, when the Queen Margherita arrived in Siena. For this occasion a chef prepared a sweeter Panforte, with vanilla, that he called Panforte Margherita (or white Panforte).
This cake is usually served with sweet wines, as the vinsanto.