[Sca-cooks] Pancakes and Fruitcakes was Happy Shrove/Fat Tuesday
t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Feb 24 14:48:14 PST 2009
Take a look at panforte. Panforte is a fruitcake from Sienna that predates
the pampepato from Ferrara. Panforte Scuro is the version that has
chocolate as an ingredient. I suspect that there are also pampepato recipes
without chocolate. Traditional panforte is made without leavening and I
suspect that traditional pampepato probably is also. The result is similar
to the German lebkuchen recipes of the 16th Century.
> It's not just the chemical leavener that's OOP; notice the reference also
> says the pampapato was made with cocoa and had a chocolate frosting and
> was served at a banquet in 1465. Unless the Duke had sent his own
> expedition to the western hemisphere, chocolate wasn't known, much less
> used, in Europe at the time of his feast. Perhaps there's an older recipe
> for pampapato somewhere that doesn't include chocolate.
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