Traditional Italian Christmas Sweets: Panettone, Panforte & Pandoro

Panettone

Pandoro

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Literally, golden bread.

Panetone, Panforte and Pandoro are some of Italy’s greatest Christmastime traditions.

The origins of these delicious traditional Italian sweets are hidden in the names, with ‘pane’ in Italian means bread. ‘Pandoro’ translates to ‘golden bread’ for its colour, ‘Panforte’ to strong/hard bread and ‘Panetone’ to big bread.

These Christmas treats were originally much more simple breads made by the poorer families. Over time they became enriched with a variety of spices, candied fruits and the like.

Pandoro hails from Verona (home of Romeo and Juliet), whilst Panetone is typical of Milan. Panforte rather is a traditional dessert from the Tuscan town of Siena.

All three are traditionally given together with a bottle of Spumante, sweet sparkling wine as a typical Italian Christmas gift.

They are served as dessert throughout the festive season, and can be made even more special with a side-serve of whipped cream or Zabaione to accompany them.

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