During Christmas in Italy and around the world, panettone festoon grocery store aisles and festively decorated bakery display windows. With its centuries-old recipes and the folklore that goes with it, it’s no wonder that panettone is so popular. It can be tempting to want to book the next flight to Milan for Christmas to try a slice of panettone for yourself. But if you can’t book a trip to Milan quite yet, or if you’d prefer to stay close to home (after all, there’s no place like home for the holidays) there are plenty of bakery brands and flavors of panettone to choose from that will delight you and your friends and family.
When it comes to panettone, Tre Marie is a trusted brand. Founded in 1896 during the Belle Epoque in Milan, Tre Marie began as a bakery turned pasticceria (Italian for pastry shop) that was a popular meeting place for local writers, intellectuals, and bon vivants. Tre Marie describes it as the time, “where the delight of well-made desserts and the optimistic, joyful outlook on life blended with perfection.” At the turn of the century, Tre Marie joined forces with other renowned pasticcerie in Milan to create an artesanal cooperative that perfected the panettone recipe and established new criteria of excellence.
Panettone is made from butter, sugar, flour, eggs, lievito madre, and a variety of flavorings depending on preference, though traditionally it’s made with candied fruit. The lievito madre, a type of dough starter similar to sourdough, is meticulously cared for by expert bakers who use it in every Tre Marie panettone that’s made. Each panettone undergoes a 72 hour leavening process using the traditional method in order to produce the characteristic softness and uneven crumb structure when you slice the panettone into pieces. After the leavening process, the dough is placed into a relatively shallow pan in the shape of an eight-pointed star that’s full of symbolism and tradition.
When it comes to flavors, Tre Marie has something for everyone. Traditionalists are sure to love Il Milanese which boasts candied Sicilian orange peel, sultana raisins, and Diamond citron. It comes in a parcel wrapped in a vibrant red and gold wrapping paper that will bring holiday cheer to everyone who gives and receives it. This traditional yeasted cake comes in three sizes: 1.76 lbs, 2.2 lbs, and 3.3 lbs.
If you love the taste of raisins but aren’t so big on candied citrus, you’ll love the Panettone cake with Sultanas. This panettone has all the delicious flavor of a traditional panettone without any of the candied citrus.
For those who are looking for a dessert that represents the best of Northern and Southern Italy, the Pearl of the South is sure to be a hit. Made with almonds from Puglia and semi candied lemon peel from Sicily, this panettone is one of innovative balance. Crunchy, caramelized meringue nuggets provide a textural contrast to the cake’s characteristic softness. Interspersed between bits of white chocolate, the sweetness of the almond paste is balanced by the tartness of the semi-candied peels and lemon paste.
If you’re looking for the perfect panettone gift for the minimalist in your life, look no further than the White Masterpiece Soft Cake. This particular panettone has all the rich flavor, characteristic softness, and golden color without the candied fruit or nuts. A simple coat of powdered sugar adorns the top, making it the ideal gift for those who love simplicity and good taste.
Nut lovers will adore the Panettone Cake with Hazelnut Icing decorated with Whole Almonds which is decorated with whole almonds and hazelnut icing. The crunchiness of the nuts is accentuated by meringue nuggets embellishing the top of this panettone, providing the perfect contrast to the rich softness of the raisins and delicate flavor of the panettone’s interior. The result is a perfectly balanced dessert that’s perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack.
Finally, if you prefer to have a pandoro instead of a panettone, Tre Marie's pandoro is worth its weight in gold. Hailing from Verona, the pandoro is a yeasted cake. Literally meaning ‘golden bread,’ pandoro is named after its distinguishing yellow color and is topped with a light coat of powdered sugar. Each pandoro is made with French Charente
Poitou AOP (Protected Designation of Origin) butter, the same butter trusted by croissant makers to make the flakiest croissants possible.
Whether you’re a panettone purist, a minimalist, or a pandoro connoisseur, Tre Marie has the perfect choice for you and your friends and family. And whether you want to enjoy Tre Marie during the Christmas season or, well, during Christmas in July, the Italian Food Online Store carries the best Tre Marie products year round so you can enjoy some Italian holiday cheer at any time of the year.