Sunday, December 26, 2010

Scenic Sunday:Paneton from Peru


My ESOL student Felistas from Peru gave me this Paneton she received from Peru. It was greeted with interest when I served it to an International group of New Zealanders, Malaysiam, Indian and Taiwanese. We had not seen it before, but the day before I Christmas day, I saw a new product in our local supermarket, the Paneton they were selling were not as high as the Peruvian.

While chatting with Gattina, she too featured on this. You will notice by the time the Italian Panettone has travelled across the Atlantic ocean to South American, they had dropped a letter t and letter E. I am not sure if they dropped some ingredients and added others.

As for the taste, the proof is in the eating. My New Zealand friend says it is a bit like the German Strudel. My husband says it is good because it is not fatty.

Honestly, I didn't eat much, I only lament my Mum's best butter cake, baked over a charcoal fire. Nobody can beat that.

Panettone (pronounced /pænəˈtoʊni/) is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan (in Milanese it is called panaton),[1] usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy, Malta, Brazil and Switzerland, and one of the symbols of the city of Milan. Maltese nationals are also traditionally associated with this sweet loaf. In Latin America, especially in Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru, it is a Christmas dinner staple and in some places replaces roscón de reyes (King cake).

It has a cupola shape, which extends from a cylindrical base and is usually about 12-15 cm high for a panettone weighing 1 kg.


Ginny Hartzler said...

I've never heard of this, and was glad to learn about it. You asked what I had for Christmas. I had lots of desserts fo everyone, different frosted brownies, candy, cookies and peppermint ice-cream. But for dinner I made baked ziti, and kind of burnt the top! It was way too dry.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

How interesting, Ann. I've never heard of the Paneton... Sounds like a wonderful tradition... AND--the sweet bread looks delicious... Was it as good as it looked????

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I am back trying to catch up with blogging this week.


George said...

This sounds like a delicious bread. I hope everyone enjoyed it.

Windsmoke. said...

Reminds me of a giant sultana or fruit cake Yummmmmy!.

Gattina said...

Ah ! my favorite Christmas cake !! we have it each year since we are married (41 years) I love it. There are different kinds, my favorite is a very light one. There are also once covered with chocolate etc ! so many recepes !
My SIL still bakes it herself.