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Il Panettone!

DSC02794Let’s increase the level of endorphins! A bit of sweetness is always good for us!

Today about il Panettone that is tradition for Christmas and New Year. Lucky we got it as a gift 1st of January 2014!

It is sweet bread loaf from Milan and is a symbol of this city. But it is popular not only in Italy but also, inter alia in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Peru, Malta, Germany and Switzerland!

As I wrote the cake is derived from Milan, from the time of Ludovico il Moro, and it is still produced according to the 500 years ago. In Milan until 900 were among many bakers and confectioners to produce the cake, but today large industrial firms that are located  in Italy produce il Panettone. However in Milan are still many artisans who produce a cake according to the traditional recipe.

Il Panettone has characteristic shape (cupola shape) and packaging (1kg weight, in tall decorated boxes).

Unfortunately preparing process lasts long and involves the curing of the dough (made with water, flour, butter, eggs) which is acidic. The proofing process takes some days and gives the cake its characteristic fluffiness.

The best what you can find is of course inside: candied fruits(citron, orange); raisins ; lemon zest as well as chocolate. The result is commonly referred panetton CANDIO.

What is more here and there il Panettone can be served with crema di mascarpone.

20140105_155603Il Panettone you can find easily in supermarkets or smaller shops. You should only remember that cake is generally only available seasonally. Then only get your slice of this dainty and enjoy the great taste with a glass of sweet wine (for example Asti or Moscato d’Asti) or sweet hot beverages. Buon appetito !! 🙂
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46 thoughts on “Il Panettone!

  1. I love Panettone! I first had it in Spain and it’s now our Christmas Cake and not a traditional British fruit one! This year we picked one up from San Remo (even though we could have got the same in France. It wouldn’t have been the same!) and have still to eat it! Something to look forward to in the long January!

  2. We’re just finishing up the last of our panettone (imported from Italy). I buy several this time of year and enjoy, with a cup of tea, in the late afternoon, each & every day till gone.

  3. … and, of course, there are many wonderful dessert recipes that have panettone as a base. Down here in Oz, it’s often quite difficult to buy them fresh, which results in the ‘dessert’ aspect being well-known. But if you’ve ever eaten one that hasn’t been in a container sailing across the sea for about a thousand years, you don’t forget it!

  4. since my family is italian we have panettone around the house pretty much all year round. It is my absolute favourite dessert! people don’t believe me when I say that because it can be plain compared to other very sweet desserts but it’s the simplicity of it that makes me love it!

  5. I love Panettone! I keep some in my freezer to bring out to make a very tasty bread and butter pudding! Not as good as having it fresh, but another way of eating it….

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂 I used to work for a company owned by English-Italian couple and every Christmas Panettone was a must gift! 😀 I’ve loved it ever since I first tried it!

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