Granducale Pumpkin Panettone
About this item
- Authentic Italian panettone bread
- Made in Italy
- Filled with pumpkin, cream and spices
- Traditional holiday treat
- Eat on its own or toasted
Granducale® Pumpkin Panettone is a delicious and soft Italian dessert bread known for its domed shape and suspended dried fruits. Perfect for a holiday treat or for a sweet weekend snack, you'll want to enjoy this pumpkin panettone bread year-round.
What Is Panettone?
Panettone is a cake-like bread that originated in Italy during the 1500s and started off as a "luxury cake" only eaten for religious celebrations. Mass production of bread in the early 1900s gave the Italian panettone its distinctive domed shape and made it more available. Italians who migrated to the U.S. brought this Christmas tradition with them, so panettone is still a huge Christmas staple that reappears frequently over the holidays.
The History of Panettone
Although there are many legends around the creation of the dried fruit filled bread, panettone bread actually has its roots in religion. According to Stanislao Porzio, a food commentator and author, panettone bread originated in Milan in the 15th century. During those times, yeast was considered a very special ingredient and was only used to make bread for religious celebrations. By the mid-1800s, panettone bread recipes had evolved from three loaves of sliced wheat bread to include butter, eggs, sugar and raisins. Not until its mass production in the early 1900s did it take on its domed shape. Letting the dough proof and rise for up to 12 hours is what gives panettone its shape, and what makes it so light and airy.
How Is It Made?
Produced with a leavening cycle that is, on average, twice as long as the typical producer in Veneto, this Italian panettone bread had a softness, aroma and taste that cannot be achieved with lower leavening cycles. The Granducale Pumpkin Panettone production method uses only egg yolk, instead of whole eggs, enriching the bread and making it softer and more delicate. Using only egg yolk actually means that the Granducale Pumpkin Panettone must be cooled upside down with a special mechanism, otherwise, the product would collapse due to the softness of the ingredients. The candied pumpkin bits, pumpkin cream and spices are chosen from the best Italian or foreign suppliers.