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Panettone

A speciality bread–like cake from Milan, originally known as panettone di Milano, now eaten all over Italy during Christmas and Easter. Easily recognized by its tall, large cylindrical shape (panettone means ‘big bread’), it is made from a raised dough enriched with egg yolks, which also gives it a soft yellow colour, and contains raisins, candied orange and lemon peel. Panettone can be made in individual portions or in one large cake and some may be coated with or contain chocolate. Panettone can be eaten for breakfast with coffee or it may be served as a dessert with liqueur wine.