Panettone Italian Christmas Cake
Dating back to a Milanese baker from the early 1800’s, Panettone can now be found on most Italian Christmas tables. It has become very popular in other parts of Europe and South America and is spreading throughout North America as well. Popular brands are Maina, Tre Marie, Motta, Alemagna, Bauli and there are many more. According to a press release from Maina, in 2015 a total of 13.5% of their sales were from exports and the number is expected to increase this year. Maina panettone is available in the UK at Tesco and in the USA at Wallmart stores.
Most panettone are 1 kilo, but sizes also range from snack sized mini-panettone to extra-large 3 kilo panettone. Panettone is tall, looks like a chef’s cap, and is made of fluffy sourdough cake with dried candied fruit, nuts and raisins. It’s usually served with a sweet mascarpone cream topping. Newer versions of panettone have been introduced into the market with chocolate chips or cream fillings.
The best place to get a Christmas Panettone is fresh from your local pastry shop. Order in advance, as the yeasting process takes up to two to three days.
Best Panettone bakeries in Italy
Via Spadari, 9 – Milan
Via Felice Casati 27 -Milan
La Cannoleria Siciliana
Piazza Re di Roma 10 – Rome
La Cannoleria Siciliana
Corso Trieste 100 -Rome
Il Vecchio Forno di Firenze
Via Guelfa, 32/34r – Florence
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 67 – Florence
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