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Angela
07-12-18, 20:56
A lot of people know about panettone, which is very available here in the U.S. (the versions sent to foreign countries are from "altered" recipes, imo. They're way, way too sweet. I may have to make my own, as my mother did. In those days, she baked them in old coffee cans. She must have given away dozens.)

"In Milan it’s all about the panettone, literally 'pan de toni' or Toni’s bread. Legend has it that Toni was the kitchen hand at the court of Ludovic Sforza, Duke of Milan. He burnt the cakes for dinner so threw together a type of medieval spiced bread and presented it at court. The court loved it and the panettone was born.

There are others, however: Panettone basso from Torino, Panone from Bologna, Pandolce Genovese etc.

"In Liguria there’s the pandolce genovese, a fruit bread that can be made tall and airy or flat and crumbly. Bice Comparato, 93, from Albenga on the Gulf of Genoa, recalls how “we used to collect grapes from the vegetable garden and dry them, and my mother would use these in the pandolce. We’d also collect figs that we’d dry out on netting and conserve them in fresh fig leaves that we’d sew up. At Christmas you’d open them and inside there was the dried fig.”The pine nuts that feature in Genovese pesto also feature in its Christmas cake. “The pine nut is the pine nut. It turns up everywhere,” Bice’s daughter, Brunella Parodi, tells me. "

There's also panforte of Siena, not my personal favorite.

Then there are the biscuits: ricciarelli from Toscana, and many from Puglia:

"In Puglia, the emphasis is on the biscuits. Giuseppina Maiorano, 85, from Lizzano in the province of Taranto, tells me they’d start making them after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.
“There were almond biscuits, ones with wine, and ones with oil and pepper are delicious. And we’d make pettole, fried pieces of dough with honey, and purcidduzzi, little balls of dough that were fried and then dipped in honey. We’d start eating at lunchtime on Christmas Eve – usually pasta with baccalà – and carry on until about ten in the evening."

It wouldn't be complete without strufoli. They sell them everywhere here. Too sweet for me, but they remind my husband of Christmas so I usually buy one.

Panettone:
https://fthmb.tqn.com/2bi9VAPkb9JE9atrKS8UXocj7Q0%3D/960x0/filters:no_upscale()/anthonymasterson-567823473df78ccc1532e7ea.jpg

Panone of Bologna:
http://www.femaleworld.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Natale-in-tavola-Emilia-Romagna-Il-panone.jpg

What's in a name, right? It's fruitcake. :)

Pandolce di Genova:

Alto:
http://cdn.mytaste.org/i?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.as-mar.it%2FeasyUp%2Fstore%2F28.jpg&w=1200&h=628&c=1

Basso:
http://static.pourfemme.it/pfwww/fotogallery/625X0/64015/pandolce.jpg

This is a lot like German stollen, which I LOVE, and buy every Christmas. Sometimes, twice, once for us and once for guests. :)

Panforte: Siena
https://www.taste.com.au/images/recipes/agt/2011/08/panforte-26171_l.jpeg


I just LOVE Ricciarelli:
https://andreapagliantini.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/p10900781.jpg

I always include them in my massive Christmas cookie bake, which starts tomorrow.

From Puglia:
Purceddi in vin cotto:
http://cookingwithnonna.com/images/stories/rapidrecipe/562-cwn-purceddi-500.jpg
https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=r3YgTlDc&id=2D3AB093978AD0A0DE79AF61EC8C5A59F3E79BC4&thid=OIP.r3YgTlDcvzKOBXL226m9BQHaFv&mediaurl=http%3a%2f%2fcookingwithnonna.com%2fimage s%2fstories%2frapidrecipe%2f562-cwn-purceddi-500.jpg&exph=388&expw=500&q=+Puglia+Christmas+desserts&simid=608007079376653864&selectedIndex=1&ajaxhist=0
https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=r3YgTlDc&id=2D3AB093978AD0A0DE79AF61EC8C5A59F3E79BC4&thid=OIP.r3YgTlDcvzKOBXL226m9BQHaFv&mediaurl=http%3a%2f%2fcookingwithnonna.com%2fimage s%2fstories%2frapidrecipe%2f562-cwn-purceddi-500.jpg&exph=388&expw=500&q=+Puglia+Christmas+desserts&simid=608007079376653864&selectedIndex=1&ajaxhist=0

Also from Puglia not mentioned in the article: crepes filled with sweet ricotta. I don't know if they're served at Christmas, though.
https://i.pinimg.com/736x/54/fb/f2/54fbf2288115e0598f193a58c2c0db60--dita-delicious-desserts.jpg

Bocconotti Calabresi: they're typically filled with jam, but I know someone who fills them with Nutella.

http://troppodolce.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Bocconotti-dolcezze-calabresi-ricetta-tipica.jpg

Strufoli:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/KDvRVsfK-0aHlIXvYGlF-4iJk5-U2OzPC2E-QrbixUBFjbNHvjAkU5ykR_kp1hoDJDwNtmrtiPP2hSwqRHDr5W 1J9hbczaWiABBS9HwHXSgdwRrA0KwYPJX7mA

My favorite cookie, anytime, anyplace:
http://cookingwithnonna.com/images/stories/rapidrecipe/th/995-christmascookies1%20002.jpg

Kudos to "Italy, the Local" for the idea.
https://www.thelocal.it/20181206/italy-christmas-cakes-biscuits

Jovialis
07-12-18, 23:52
My grandmother bakes Italian Christmas cookies. I've seen the last three you posted among them. There's also the pistachio leaf, and the tri-colored layered one, among others that she usually makes. They're always really enjoyable to eat.

Salento
08-12-18, 00:15
We call the Strufoli:
Purceddhruzzi. :)

italouruguayan
08-12-18, 02:36
The Panettone .... very popular in Uruguay (also called Pan Dulce), Argentina and southern Brazil.

Angela
08-12-18, 20:36
The Panettone .... very popular in Uruguay (also called Pan Dulce), Argentina and southern Brazil.

It's popular here too, even among non-Italian descent people.

I personally like it toasted with a bit of butter smeared on top. Great with a cup of coffee or cappuccino. You can also make French toast with it, or bread pudding or a zuccotto, which I sometimes do and people love it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM07iAzNROU

Stuvanè
09-12-18, 15:58
In Ferrara for Christmas time we use very much the "pampepato" (or "pampapato"), a cake apparently similar to a sacher-torte because of the covering of dark chocolate, with an internal dough still of chocolate, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, candied fruit, toasted almonds. The origin is uncertain, but it seems to have been cooked since the 16th century, perhaps it is a recipe created for aristocratic tables. The name means - according to a first etymology - "spicy bread". According to another theory it would mean "bread for the Pope and / or for the Papacy", perhaps conceived when the Duchy of Ferrara passed under the dominion of the State of the Church, at the end of the 16th century

https://www.taccuinistorici.it/ita/news/moderna/dolci/Storia-pampepato-di-Ferrara-IGP.html

Angela
09-12-18, 19:39
In Ferrara for Christmas time we use very much the "pampepato" (or "pampapato"), a cake apparently similar to a sacher-torte because of the covering of dark chocolate, with an internal dough still of chocolate, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, candied fruit, toasted almonds. The origin is uncertain, but it seems to have been cooked since the 16th century, perhaps it is a recipe created for aristocratic tables. The name means - according to a first etymology - "spicy bread". According to another theory it would mean "bread for the Pope and / or for the Papacy", perhaps conceived when the Duchy of Ferrara passed under the dominion of the State of the Church, at the end of the 16th century

https://www.taccuinistorici.it/ita/news/moderna/dolci/Storia-pampepato-di-Ferrara-IGP.html

Thanks, Stuvane. I wasn't familiar with that one. Looks very rich.

Every town has its own variety, sometimes even each family.

This is one from Bologna, I think:
http://www.turismo.it/typo3temp/pics/cf14e8a294.jpg

In the Lunigiana where I was born there are a lot of recipes with chestnut flour and honey as well as candied fruit and nuts, but I don't think they were prepared much in the decades after the war. I think people had had enough of things made with chestnuts. So, growing up, my mother made pandolce genovese and cookies.

I should try the old ones again. I'm seeing recipes here and there being brought back.