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The halls are decked, the antipasti's arranged...all that's left is the panettone. Celebrate panettone in all its glory with these fascinating panettone facts!
Panettone has been a hallmark of Italian holiday celebrations for centuries. According to legend, it all started with a botched cake. The personal chef of the Duke of Ludovico burned a cake and was frantically searching for a back-up plan. Luckily, Toni, a boy working in the dish room, was around and had just made a sweet bread with leftover dried fruits. The Duke was happy, the chef saved his job, and Toni was recognized by the court as the creator of panettone...right? Whether you believe this tall tale or not, it certainly is a fun anecdote to pass around the holiday table (and the panettone's pretty good too!).
Panettone starts with a few simple ingredients: eggs, milk, flour, sugar, and natural yeast starter. Actually, panettone has more in common with bread than cake; the dough must be allowed to proof for several days, giving panettone its famous, fluffy texture. Next, more butter and sugar is added, along with essential oil flavorings (aroma panettone). Bakers may also choose to mix pieces of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, and other delicious sweets into the dough. The dough is then placed inside a round paper mold and allowed to proof even more. After baking, the finished panettone cakes are dried upside down; this allows the heavy, moist dough to air out. Some panettone, like Chiostro's famous panettone, even have delicious cream-fillings infused into the middle after baking!
Filippi Traditional Panettone
Filippi has made panettone in Veneto for decades. Filippi's traditional panettone is naturally leavened, with soft raisins and candied Calabrian oranges sprinkled throughout the cake. Wrapped in distinctive red paper, this panettone is perfect as a gift or as a holiday party dessert.
Filippi Mandorlato Cologna Veneta Panettone with Torrone Nougat
Filippi Gran Frutta Panettone
Filippi Gran Frutta Panettone is made for fruit lovers, with candied lemons, Sicilian oranges, apricots, and sour cherries sprinkled throughout the cake. Soft and perfectly sweet, Gran Frutta is a citrusy twist on a holiday favorite.