Cantuccini Toscani PGI
History and territory
Typical Sienese biscuits are made with almonds, sugar, flour, eggs and honey. I Cantuccini Toscani IGP, are perfect to taste with vinsanto at the end of the meal.
The history of the cantuccini dates back at least to the sixteenth century. The name seems to derive from the Latin word cantellus (piece of bread), others instead derive the word from song (corner, small part). From the middle of 1500, we find these biscuits (still without almonds) at the Court of the Medici. At the end of 1600, the Accademia della Crusca gave cantucci the first definition “ “biscuits in slices, of flour, with sugar and egg white”.
From 1900, cantucci with almonds began to be produced throughout Tuscany. In 2011, the producer association was founded, which obtained the recognition Indicazione Geografica Protetta (PGI) in 2016.
Cantuccini are obtained by working a dough made from whole unpeeled almonds, sugar, flour, fresh eggs, butter and honey. Once baked, the biscuits appear golden on the surface and show their classic profile rich in almonds.
They can be enjoyed alone or combined with coffee and tea, but according to tradition, they are best when soaked in vinsanto, a typical Tuscan liqueur wi