Christmas Pandoro (Golden Cake) Recipe

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A yeast egg cake as they refer to it, I think it's a cross between a rich egg bread and kind of cake. This is very traditional among the Venetians and Italians. It's a tall cake you can buy a mold for or use a extra large coffee can to make it. After it cooled it's covered in a sifted powdered sugar or a thick frosting depending on the Region in Italy. They are sold commercially almost everywhere, especially around the holidays as Christmas, New Years and Befana. Not to be confused with Panettone which is an rich egg bread with raisins.






Pandoro is a golden cake made at christmas in Italy dusted with powdered sugar on a plate under the Christmas Tree with poinsettia on the plate




The larger side should be down.




this is Pandoro made in a Pandoro pan to look like a star and baked on a plate cooling with powdered sugar on top






Made in the coffee can




this is Pandoro made in a coffee can to look like a star and baked on a plate cooling with powdered sugar on top





The Story of Pandoro




Pandoro or pan d’oro means golden bread.



It is a traditional Christmas bread from Verona. Pandoro gets its name due to it's golden yellow in color.



The yellow or golden color comes from the large amount of egg yolks that are in the bread.



Pandoro is baked in a special star-shaped molded pan that you can find on my affliate link in the shop with me tab above.



If you don't have the pan use a metal extra large coffee can, that makes it easy for slicing and warmed up to spread butter on.



Unlike panettone, pandoro does not contain any dried fruits or nuts. When sprinkled with powdered sugar, it has the appearance of new fallen snow on a mountain.



Pandoro may be served with many types of creams or sauces, such as mascarpone topping, melted chocolate, or any flavored whipped cream.



this is Pandoro made in a coffee can to look like a star and baked on a plate cooling with powdered sugar on top




this is Pandoro made in a coffee can to look like a star and baked on a plate cooling with powdered sugar on top







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this is Pandoro made in a coffee can to look like a star and baked on a plate cooling with powdered sugar on top

Pandoro Cake Recipe

prep time: 25 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 60 mins
This is a traditional cake made at Christmas time in Italy called Pandoro

ingredients:


3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 package dry yeast
3/4 tablespoon seasalt
4 egg yolks plus 1 egg
1 zest of a fresh lemon
1/4 cup honey
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup melted butter
parchment paper
1 extra large metal coffee can or 2 small coffee cans or Pandoro Pan

Optional Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup water
Optional:1/2 teaspoon lemon extract  or just dust with powdered sugar
other suggestions: whipped cream, chocolate or strawberry sauces on top
You can also just slice heat and spread some butter on it.

instructions:

Cut parchment  paper pan to fit pan if using or grease the Pandoro pan heavily.

Make a starter by adding water and yeast let sit for around 10 minutes. Add honey, butter, salt, zest and egg yolks. Using an electric heavy duty mixer, blend together adding flour. Mix until well blended around 5 minutes.

Let sit in a warm spot until doubled in size. Punch down. Line the coffee can with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray any areas not cover by paper.

Place the dough into the can and let rise again. 

Preheat oven @350 degrees. Brush top with the last egg that has been beaten.  Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool loaf 10 minutes and un mold.
calories
110
fat (grams)
4
carbs (grams)
11
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Optional Ways to serve Pandoro


When loaf is cool. We like to dust with powdered sugar or make the frosting with powdered sugar and water ( I like lemon so I use the lemon extract in mine). Drizzle over the Pandoro.


If you like it plain, it is also great topped with fresh fruits and whipped cream.


You can serve Pandoro anyway you like.






More Christmas Italian Traditional Recipes:


Lady Finger Lemon Cake
Mom's Ricotta Lemon Cookies
Italian Wedding Tray Frosted Soft Cookies
Italian Almond Paste Cafe Style Cookies
Italian Orange Juice Cookies
Ricotta Cookies

6 comments

  1. What an awesome cake! I just want to squish it!!

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  2. This cake looks awesome, but I think it should be called Candoro. :-)

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  3. I'm pinning this and hope to try it soon. I've used pandoro to make French toast, but have never made it. Yours looks perfect.

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  4. Gorgeous!! Merry Christmas, Claudia.

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  5. Wow..how creative! i would never thought of that, but it looks so delicious, unique and pretty! Have a very Happy Holiday season!!!!xo

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  6. A really pretty pandoro!
    Happy Holiday Season!

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