What is Panettone?
Panettone is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy amongst other regions in the world, and is one of the symbols of the city of Milan.
What make Panettone so special?
Cupola - Similar to the look of it’s distant cousin the muffin, it has a cupola shape extending from an elongated round bottom.
And if you’re fan of Seinfeld, this cupola would have been the perfect muffin top Elaine would have used when starting her business in episode 155 of the sitcom.
Other bases may be used, such as an octagon, or a frustum with a star section shape more common to pandoro.
Curing - Panettone dough may It is made during a long process that involves curing the dough, which is acidic, similar to sourdough. The proofing process alone takes several days, giving the cake its distinctive fluffy characteristics.
Candied -Whether it’s candied orange, citron, lemon zest, or raisins, each is added dry and not soaked. For those who aren’t of the fruit persuasion, you can always order as plain or with chocolate.
Consumption - Served in vertical slices in conjunction with a sweet hot beverages or a sweet wine, such as Asti or Moscato d'Asti. For those regions seeking a little more sweetness, it is served with crema di mascarpone, a cream made from mascarpone, eggs, sometimes dried or candied fruits, and typically a sweet liqueur such as amaretto.
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