You have undoubtedly spotted them before and certainly in the run-up to the holidays: those (often light purple) cardboard boxes with a high upstanding loaf of bread in them. Those things are called Panettone. This airy luxury bread is indispensable on the Italian Christmas table.
We understand why.
Light Christmas pastry
Airy, round and raisin: that’s how you can describe panettone. Most panettone are also a bit spicy due to the addition of seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus. This immediately makes you think of Christmas, and that’s exactly when you will see the panettone appear on the table.
On such an Italian Christmas table you will also sometimes find the almost identical pandora. Pandora is the Veronese answer to panettone, which comes from Milan. Pandora, unlike panettone, does not contain raisins and tends to taste more towards a slightly sweet cake – you know that again. Panettone is often served with coffee and tea, or with a sweeter dessert wine.
make it yourself
Making Panettone does not seem to be very difficult per se. You will especially have to be patient: the dough has to rise for a long time. In any case, you will find a good basic recipe here .
Although you can of course also buy panettone ready-made*, if you make it yourself you can try a variation on the basic recipe. This version with fig and almond seems great to us, for example, or this one with cherries and chocolate . Can you imagine how delicious that is, especially with a thick lick of mascarpone cream? We do.
*Panettone is available at Italian specialty stores or online. This super deluxe and bright green version with pistachio , for example, is quite high on our wish list. You will also find an extensive selection of panettone at the Bijenkorf .
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