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Panettone and Holiday Traditions

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Panettone and Holiday Traditions.  Panettone is an Italian holiday cake that is a very light, airy and moist; made with eggs, milk, butter, and studded with raisins and candied fruit throughout the cake. So buttery and delicious, you will be amazed at all the flavors this sweet cake offers you.

Panettone is baked in a special cylindrical mold which gives it, its distinctive look. Traditionally, it’s really an Italian Christmas cake that is eaten during the Christmas season.  The Italian holiday cake is best served with coffee, espresso or tea for breakfast. It’s often enjoyed as an afternoon treat as well.

The panettone has been a holiday tradition for Christmas in Italy for centuries.  It’s legendary origins go back several centuries to Italy where it’s traditionally served as a dessert on holidays, especially served on New Year’s Eve with a glass of Italian Prosecco or Champagne.

Here is a photo of our Pomegranate Prosecco.

My family enjoys eating this cake throughout the month of December.  It happens to be my husbands favorite breakfast of all, and he looks forward to getting one every year.

Panettone is a versatile cake, can be eaten alone or cut into small pieces to make delicious bread pudding (as a dessert) or cut slices to dip into an egg and milk batter and make French toast! YUM!

Today, you can find panettone in most supermarkets and gourmet stores this time of year. Imported from Italy, you will find some that are covered with chocolate, we love those too!  And they even make mini panettone’s, which are ideal for the individual servings.

We never made one before, because we never really had to. But we did find a recipe on line for you on how to make a panettone from scratch. The best recipe was located in an article about Sullivan’s St. Bakery in New York City in a Gourmet magazine of December 2008, Click here for the recipe.

When you buy panettone, unwrap the outside packaging carefully, then open the inside plastic wrapping. Cut a slice, or as many you are serving, then reseal the cake using the original plastic wrap to keep it fresh for days.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend and have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

xo Anna and Liz


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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 3, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    What a delicious tradition, Ladies! This bread looks so moist and delicious and a glad of pomegranate prosecco would be delicious with it. Happy New Year!

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      January 4, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Thank you Sue! And Happy New Year!

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    December 31, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Oh wow thank you for link. Sometimes these links are broken- but thank you again! We wish you the very best New Year as well- but most Of all- we thank you for your friendship this past year, it's been wonderful getting to know you this past year especially from Switzerland !! Happy and healthy 2017!!

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    December 31, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Panettone is the most delicious of all Christmastime treats! My mother-in-law used to live in Italy and when she was alive, she sent us one for Christmas every year! Wonderful pictures of this aromatic bread. I couldn't find the recipe on the link you gave, but I found it separately by looking up the Sullivan Street bakery here:

    Wishing you both a wonderful New Year in 2017 and looking forward to more of your delicious recipes!

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    Tricia Buice
    December 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Happy New Year ladies! This beautiful treat has been on my bucket list for years. Thanks for the link to the recipe. I'll have to give it a try next year. Hope you both had a wonderful Christmas. We enjoyed it very much and are happy to be moving into the New Year. Blessings to you and your family!

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      December 30, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      thank you! We had a beautiful Christmas as well and we wish you a Happy New Year filled with love, joy and delicious recipes in 2017!!
      Enjoy and Cheers!!

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