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Enjoy a slice of Italy this holiday season (NC) - For several hundred years, Italians have enjoyed panettone as part of traditional holiday celebrations. From its legendary romantic beginnings to today's light, sweet cake loved the world over; panettone offers Canadians a delicious slice of Italian holiday tradition.
Despite humble beginnings, panettone has become a holiday tradition enjoyed not just by Italians, but also by people around the globe. In 1919, Milanese baker Angelo Motta "invented" the modern version of the cake by wrapping it in thin paper so it would bake taller. During the 1920s, Motta added raisins and candied fruit to the recipe as a way of differentiating his cakes.
The popularity of Motta's panettone grew and in the 1980s he decided to raise the bar again. This time, he created a decadent new type of panettone with a delicious chocolate filling and coating, called tartufone. A third variety, the pandoro cake, contains no fillings and is served with a dusting of icing sugar.
Today, Motta Panettone is the top-selling brand in Italy and is available at grocery retailers across Canada beginning in November in time for the holidays. The time-honoured recipe uses a natural sourdough leavening process resulting in a very soft, fluffy cake that stays fresh for an extended period without the use of preservatives.
With a mildly sweet flavour and moist, spongy texture, panettone is traditionally given as gifts and served as dessert. It can also be enjoyed alongside a cup of tea or coffee, for brunch, or in your favourite french toast recipe.
(NC) - This simple dessert is made with panettone, a moist, mildly sweet Italian cake traditionally served as dessert during the holiday season. Available at grocery retailers across Canada in November, panettone is an easy way to add international flavour to your holiday table.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Place panettone cubes into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in evaporated milk, sugar, butter and vanilla; mix well. Pour over the panettone cubes, pressing panettone into the milk mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
Bake for 90 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
Serving Size: Makes 12 - 16 Servings
Nutritional Information: Per 1/16 Serving: about 370 calories, 11 g protein, 17 g fat, 41 g carbohydrate
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