Italy: About Panettone

Panettone (pronounced /ˌpænəˈtni/Italian: [panetˈtoːne]) is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan (in Milanese dialect of theLombard language it is called paneton /paneˈtuŋ/),[1] usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italysoutheastern France,SpainBrazilVenezuelaPeruMaltaAlbaniaGermany andSwitzerland, and is one of the symbols of the city of Milan. In recent years it has become a popular addition to the Christmas table in theUnited KingdomUnited StatesCanada and Australia. In South America, especially in PeruArgentinaParaguayUruguayColombia,Bolivia, and Chile, and It is a tradition to eat it on the 6th of January each year, Other names for the bread are roscón de reyes/bolo rei (King cake).



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 star section shape more common to pandoro. It is made during a long process that involves the curing of the dough, which is acidic, similar to sourdough. The proofing process alone takes several days, giving the cake its distinctive fluffy characteristics. It contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest, as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. Many other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate. It is served in slices, vertically cut, accompanied with sweet hot beverages or a sweet wine, such as Asti or Moscato d’Asti. In some regions of Italy, 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; if mascarpone cheese is unavailable, zabaione is sometimes used as a substitute.

Rainbow Cookies/Tri Color Cake Recipe

Rainbow Cookies are cake-like cookie that originated in Italian culture, that is made from a colored marzipan cake. Rainbow cookies or Rainbow cake is a confection made with layers of brightly colored, almond-based sponge cake, apricot and/or raspberry jam, and a chocolate coating.  This Italian cookie is a symbol of the Italian culture. Traditionally being red, yellow, and green to accommodate all of the colors of the Italian flag.


Three pans of thin sponge cake layers are prepared by mixing butter, sugar, almond paste, almond extract, flour, and egg yolks. Eggs whites are whipped separately and folded into the batter which is then dyed with food colorings and baked. The cake layers are then brushed with jam and stacked, usually overnight, to adhere. The cake is then coated with melted chocolate on from one to six sides, allowed to cool, and cut into individual pieces.

See Grandma D’s Three Color Cookie Recipe

*Sources Mahalo and Wikepedia