Known as the Italian Christmas cake, one bite of panettone can bring back the fondest memories of joyous evenings with family and friends during the holidays. Its fluffy texture and notes of citrus, vanilla, and candied fruit are essential for Christmas dinner and other special occasions. Panettone bread has a cupola (domed) shape that extends into a cylindrical base, giving it an elegant and festive appearance. What makes panettone Italian cake a special dessert is the long process of curing the dough, which can take several days, giving panettone bread its distinctive puffed texture. The sweet yeast dough is then enhanced with golden raisins, candied citron, and fresh lemon zest, a trifecta of flavors that make panettone fruit cake a holiday dessert favorite year after year.
History of Panettone
Like many classic Italian desserts, panettone is associated with legends and lore that date back centuries. One story says that a nobleman named Ughetto fell in love with a baker’s daughter and came up with a simple fruit cake recipe to allow the bakery to prosper. Another legend goes that in the 15th century court of Duke Ludovico, the chef burned the dessert, but a scullery boy named Toni had made a sweet loaf from leftover ingredients that was served at court instead. The Duke and his guests loved the dessert and when they congratulated the chef, he gave all the credit to Toni by calling it panettone. Whatever the true origin, panettone has now been an icon in Italy for generations, with companies such as Fiasconaro and Ferrara exporting the Italian cake around the world.
Popular brands of Panettone cake
Whether it’s for a special occasion or as an everyday treat, you’ll find a range of top-rated panettone brands for sale at Supermarket Italy, the online marketplace for gourmet Italian food. Made with fresh, wholesome ingredients, the budget-friendlyFerrara Italian Panettoneis sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. If you’re in the mood to splurge, treat your dinner hosts to Fiasconaro Tradizionale Panettone, a premium quality cake which comes in a luxurious gift box. In addition to their traditional panettone flavors, Fiasconaro also has inventive mixes such as pear and chocolate and rose petal.