Yes, But Would You Eat It? “P” is for Pandoro


Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Each day in April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting about unusual and exotic foods.

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I don’t know about you, but I needed a break from the sheep heads and mucilaginous vegetables! How about a slice of pandoro?

A traditional Italian sweet bread (which is very different from sweetbreads, pandoro (literally, ‘golden bread’) is popular around Christmas and New Year. Back in the Middle Ages, the common folk ate black bread, but in the palaces, breads enriched with eggs, butter, and sugar or honey were served (golden breads). The first notation of ‘pandoro’ dates back to the 18th centure, in Venice.

Unlike the panettone from Milan, which has more of a cupola shape, the pandoro has an eight-pointed star section. It’s often served dusted with powdered sugar to resemble the snowy Italian Alps.

Do I really need to ask? Would you try the pandoro?

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