If you're deliberating over buying property in Tuscany but haven't yet decided where, acquainting yourself with this region of culinary delight through its food heritage is a fine starting point.
Still wondering exactly where to begin? Well, whenever Winkworth International is in the area we take the opportunity to pick up Florence's romantically named English language lifestyle newspaper, The Florentine. A copy of this tucked under your arm can take you pretty much anywhere in Tuscany. With evocations of traditional dishes from nonna's kitchen like this recipe for Tuscan apple cake, and hymns in praise of the grape harvest - vendemmia - at Arezzo, this publication's fondness for its adopted home makes it clear that Tuscan culture and way of life really does come back to one thing: food.
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Tuscany does it with apple cake—a cake as simple and homely as you can imagine. Apple slices are arranged in a radiating pattern over the top of a springy, moist cake lightly scented with vanilla and lemon. It sits on top of kitchen counters, dusted in powdered sugar, ready and waiting for grandchildren to ask eagerly for slices for their merenda, or snack. It is a cake so loved that it’s not just confined to nonna’s kitchen. You can even find torta di mele in bakeries around Florence, available by the slice or wedge to take home. More than a dessert, Florentines even eat this for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.