Panettone, an Italian Tradition

As we are nearing Christmas, 5 weeks at the time of writing which is a scary thought, a part from the rush for last minute presents and preparations there are things to look forward to and one example is the return of the Panettone!

Panettone arriving in the shops is one of the main signs that Christmas is just round the corner, being only produced in the couple of months before Christmas. There are many different types of panettone found throughout Italy and here in Puglia it is no different. There is a wide selection ranging from Pandoro, a basic plain golden on the outside and fluffy soft on the inside, to chocolate covered or fruit filled panettone.

Panettone is generally agreed to have originated in Milan at the beginning of the 1900s and the light fluffy inside texture was achieved by raising the dough three times, 20 hours before cooking.

As with all Italian cuisine and regional cuisine there are arguments over which is the best panettone or the most traditional panettone. The truth is that, as with everything, it comes down to individual taste, what you can be sure of is that a panettone is a perfect way to finish a Christmas meal, be it served simply on its own, accompanied by or stuffed with ice cream or my preference served with a light coating of Sambuca…

To purchase a traditional panettone baked by a family owned Pasticceria in Ostuni, Puglia click here. A welcome addition to your Christmas Hampers or just to your Christmas table, Buon Appetito…

Panettone Mandorla VicinoPlease leave comments about your favourite Panettone or the best way you like it served!

Italian Christmas Hampers from Puglia

Christmas is one of the most important times of year here in Italy and Christmas hampers are exchanged back and forth between friends, family and work colleagues. Food and drink are two of the main aspects of eveyday life and at Christmas under the majority of trees you will find a range of hampers containing the best Puglia has to offer…

Italian Christmas Hamper

This year we have decided to offer a range of Christmas hampers with a selection of our high quality products from Puglia. There is a choice of hampers to match all needs and budgets. We also give you the option of purchasing a hamper with the filling and all needed to make it beautiful, then all you have to do is choose your products to add to the hamper. The Christmas gift hampers from Puglia can contain any of the products we offer for sale including Award Winnning Wines, Sparkling Sweet or Brut Spumante, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as well as products from our Handmade Ceramic collection. No hamper is complete without a Panettone, the traditional soft cake eaten at Christmas.

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Please click to view the range of Italian Christmas Hampers from Puglia

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