Fun Facts About Our Favorite Christmas Treat, Panettone

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December is the time for panettone! Learn some fun facts about this classic Christmas treat.

December is the best time of year to enjoy the Italian Christmas treat panettone. This delicious mix between a loaf of bread and fruit cake is available now at Giolitti Deli for your family to enjoy this holiday season. Panettone is a large, dome-shaped bread with a light and airy texture and rich buttery taste. Traditionally, it is filled with candied fruits and raisins, but you can often find brands selling panettone with chocolate chips for an extra sweet taste. Like all traditional Italian foods, panettone has a fun and interesting history. Read on to learn a little more about your new favorite December treat. 

Panettone is a Sourdough

2020 has been the year of the sourdough, and even panettone falls into this category! This sweet bread is leavened with yeast from the “lievito madre,” or mother dough passed along to each new batch. This process makes the bread more fragrant and tasty and even easier to digest. 

Panettone is Hung Upside Down After Baking

Once traditional panettone is finished baking, it is flipped upside down until it’s completely cool. This eye-catching technique prevents the bread from falling in on itself and keeps the soft and fluffy texture. 

Panettone Takes Three Days to Make

When you make panettone from scratch, it takes three days to complete your delicious new treat. This is because mixing, leavening, baking, and resting the bread requires patience as the ingredients take their time. 

Fortunately, whether you cook panettone yourself or purchase it from a store, the bread remains uniquely tasty and perfect for cozy winter nights. The leftovers even make for delicious French toast or bread pudding! At Giolitti Deli, we carry a variety of brands in original and specialty flavors. These brands include Balocco, Flamigni, Albertengo, Fratelli Sicilia, and gluten-free panettones in a range of sizes and prices. We also carry another Italian seasonal bread, Pandoro, in two different sizes. 

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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