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Rome's Christmas cake


The ancient Romans made the original version of pangiallo ('yellow cake') filled with dried plum and apricot kernels at the winter solstice as an offerings to the sun to encourage its return.

Modern Romans make it at Christmas, and fill it with candied fruit, nuts, spices, chocolate and more, and coat it with a saffron and egg yolk to obtain a rich golden colour.

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Angelo Colapicchioni