Panettone (pronounced ; ) is an Italian type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan (in the local Milanese dialect it is called panetton, ), usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Western, Southern, and Southeastern Europe as well as in Brazil, the Horn of Africa, Australia, and to a lesser extent in former French, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies.wikipedia
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It is made during a long process that involves curing the dough, which is acidic, similar to sourdough.
In the southern part of Europe, where panettone was originally made with sourdough, sourdough has become less common in recent times; it has been replaced by the faster-growing baker's yeast, sometimes supplemented with longer fermentation rests to allow for some bacterial activity to build flavor.
In 1919, Angelo Motta started producing his eponymous brand of cakes.
He is associated with the commercial production of the sweet yeast bread panettone.
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Panettone (pronounced ; ) is an Italian type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan (in the local Milanese dialect it is called panetton, ), usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Western, Southern, and Southeastern Europe as well as in Brazil, the Horn of Africa, Australia, and to a lesser extent in former French, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies.
Slovaks prepare the traditional Christmas bread potica, bûche de Noël in France, panettone in Italy, and elaborate tarts and cakes.
Season-related pastries include chiacchiere (flat fritters dusted with sugar) and tortelli (fried spherical cookies) for Carnival, colomba (glazed cake shaped as a dove) for Easter, pane dei morti ("bread of the (Day of the ) Dead", cookies flavoured with cinnamon) for All Souls' Day and panettone for Christmas.
Colomba Pasquale – traditional Italian Easter bread (Easter Dove)
Colomba pasquale or colomba di Pasqua ("Easter Dove" in English) is an Italian traditional Easter cake, the counterpart of the two well-known Italian Christmas desserts, panettone and pandoro.
Examples of similar breads from other cultures include badnji kruh in Croatian cuisine, folar de páscoa in Portuguese cuisine, brioche in French cuisine, kulich in Russian cuisine, panettone in Italian cuisine, and challah in Jewish cuisine.
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In some places, it replaces the king cake.
In some places, the rosca de reyes is replaced by panettone.
It has a cupola shape, which extends from a cylindrical base and is usually about 12–15 cm high for a panettone weighing 1 kg. Other bases may be used, such as an octagon, or a frustum with a star section shape more common to pandoro.
Panettone, a similar Italian Christmas bread
Panettone is a Milanese sweet bread loaf (widely available throughout Italy and in many other countries) served around Christmas which is traditionally filled with dried and candied fruits, with a bread loaf consistency similar in texture to Irish barm brack.
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Lombard immigrants to Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil also brought their love of panettone, and panettone is enjoyed for Christmas with hot cocoa or liquor during the holiday season, which became a mainstream tradition in those countries.
In Peru, hot chocolate can be served with panettone at breakfast on Christmas Day, even though summer has already started in the southern hemisphere.
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Kulich - Russian Easter yeast bread/cake
The recipe for kulich is similar to that of Italian panettone.
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In Italy, they became a key ingredient of some of the most famous sweets of its culinary tradition: among these, the Milanese panettone and Cassata Siciliana.
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Panettone (known locally as pan dulce) and turrón are the most popular Christmas sweets in Argentina regardless of socioeconomic status, with 76% of Argentines choosing the former and 59% the latter in 2015.
It is also widely known that sweetened bread desserts similar to panettone were a Roman favorite.
From 1983 until 2011 in Italy were made every year around Christmas time a series of comedies, known as cinepanettoni (Italian: cine "cinema", panettone a type of sweet bread traditionally eaten at Christmas).
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As she declared in an interview, a neighbour told her mother that an agency was recruiting a blonde child with blue eyes for an advertisement of the "Panettone Galbusera", Daniela brought Blasi to the casting, and she was selected for her first job.
After Night club, the last film directed by Italian director Sergio Corbucci, Christian De Sica became one of the most famous interpreters of the "cine-panettone" (comedies that reach movie theatres during the Christmas season) and formed till 2005 a couple with actor Massimo Boldi.
Italian loan words and expressions, in addition to those that are related to food or music, include tchau ("ciao"), nonna, nonnino, imbróglio, bisonho, entrevero, panetone, colomba, è vero, cicerone, male male, capisce, mezzo, va bene, ecco, ecco fatto, ecco qui, caspita, schifoso, gelateria, cavolo, incavolarsi, pivete, engambelar, andiamo via, tiramisu, tarantella, grappa, stratoria.
Angelo Motta, Milanese baker famous for the revival of panettone
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Generally speaking, in Northern Italy they eat a cake enriched with candied fruits, chocolate, raisins or pine nuts, known as panettone, followed by torrone (enriched with cherries, chocolate, sweets and more), nougat and nuts.
After unification, a huge number of civil servants and soldiers recruited from all over the country introduced many more words and idioms from their home languages (ciao is derived from the Venetian word s-cia[v]o ("slave"), panettone comes from the Lombard word panetton, etc.).