A journey in Giglio Island in 10 recipes: the last one is the panficato

Every lunch or dinner worthy of those names concludes with a dessert. And this journey in Giglio Island in 10 recipes won’t do an exception. The tenth stage is one of the most characteristic flavor of the island: the panficato.



  • Half a kilo of bread dough
  • 2 kilos of Neruccioli figs
  • Pine nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Almonds
  • Grape jam
  • Vinella (obtained by the wet stalks left drying out) or wine
  • Quince apples cooked with red wine
  • Orange peel
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate shavings

As you can see from the ingredients, it’s a recipe prepared with what was possible to find, and cheap, in Giglio Island. Honey and chocolate was just additions that were putted by the richest families. The flavor is unmistakable.



  • Soak the figs for an entire day
  • Drain the figs an cut them using rigorously a mezzaluna knife
  • Unite the figs and the bread dough
  • Add all the other ingredients to the mixture, adding them one by one and kneading
  • Once the mixture is well amalgamated, do some little loafs
  • Cook them in the oven at 180° for 40 minutes


Once you bring out the loafs, the fragrant scent of the panficato will makes you want eating them immediately. But you have to wait that it turns cold before eating them.


Previous recipe: Gigliese tomato salad


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