Tuscany at this time of the year becomes the place where to be in order to taste the best local delicateness. Especially if you are in Siena, you will end up eating a cake called “Pan co’ Santi”. The literal translation is “Bread with the Saints” and it refers to All Saint’s Day, which is celebrated November 1st.
In the Tuscan dialect, the saints are indeed the walnuts and the raisins inside the sweet bread. The bread, which is served as dessert, always comes with a sip of “vin santo”, the sweet wine which is now very famous worldwide.
Ingredients: bread flour, brewer’s yeast, chopped walnuts, raisins, sugar, olive oil, black pepper, salt, and warm water.
Directions: Melt the yeast together with the warm water, add flour and mix together. Now wait other 30 minutes for the dough to rise. In a big bowl mix the remaining flour, sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper and water. Add the mix of flour and yeast and mix again.Toast the walnuts and raisins and walnuts to put the “saints” into your bread. Once ready, make a cross with a knife on the balls and wait until the dough is almost doubled. Before putting the dough balls into the oven (400°/430° F), brush them with the egg yolk to make a brown and crunchy crust during the baking. Let the bread cook for 20 minutes.
Check the official Tuscany Tourism website for the full recipe.