Pandoro Di Verona

"Posted by request. This is my family's recipe for Pandoro, this bread/cake is similar to "Panettone" but does not contain the candied fruit peels and citron. It is a time consuming recipe, as there are 4 rises for a total rising time of 5 to 6 hours, and 3 "rests" for the dough for a total "resting time" of 1 hour; so its best to start it early in the day. The prep time listed is for the mixing/kneading, and does not include the rising and resting time. A special form/pan is needed for this recipe, please see note. Jan.5, 2011 - Steps 13 and 14 have been corrected."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins
1 Large Pandoro


  • 1 tablespoon pastry flour
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lukewarm water
  • 34 cup pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 13 cups pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons pastry flour
  • 34 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • granulated sugar (to sprinkle on greased pan)
  • confectioners' sugar (to sprinkle over cooled cake)


  • Place 1 Tablespoon flour, yeast and 1 Tablespoon lukewarm water in a bowl, and mix together well.
  • Cover and let stand in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  • In another bowl, place 3/4 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk and 1 Tablespoon melted butter.
  • Mix together a little, and add the yeast mixture.
  • Work together well 5 minutes, cover bowl and let rise in warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
  • Place 1 1/3 cups flour on pastry board, 2 Tablespoons sugar, 2 Tablespoons melted butter, 1 egg, 2 egg yolks, vanilla and salt and mix together a little.
  • Add yeast dough and work well with hands (knead) for 10 minutes.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons flour and work well until dough does not stick to hands or board.
  • Make a ball of the dough and let it rise in a warm place for 3 hours.
  • Roll dough into a sheet 2 inches thick and dot with 3/4 cup cold butter which has been cut into little pieces.
  • Fold dough over 3 times (like a business letter) and roll out as before.
  • Let dough stand (rest) for 20 minutes.
  • Fold dough over 3 times again, and roll flat and let stand 20 minutes.
  • Repeat the procedure (folding, rolling and resting) one more time.
  • Grease a 2-quart cake form (pan) and sprinkle with a little granulated sugar.
  • Place dough in form and let rise until dough reaches top edge of form (about 1 hour).
  • Bake in a 400°F oven for 15 minutes, lower heat to 350°F and bake 30 minutes longer, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Turn cake over on a rack and cool.
  • Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
  • NOTE: Pandoro forms/molds hold 2 quarts by volume, and are roughly 10 inches wide (across the top), about 4 inches wide (across the bottom) and usually 5 to 6 inches deep.
  • Here is a picture of one: [img][/img] [img][/img].

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  1. filatomatto
    I was looking to reproduce the Pandoro that is purchased during the holidays and has a very distinct sponge and aroma, which is not what this produced. This recipe instead makes a fine rendition of a classic french-style brioche, and is very good. Note that the instructions don't make sense where it says to repeat 13 and 14. I instead rolled in 1/4 cup of butter at a time, resting the dough in between each time. Also, it took more like two hours for the final rise. My family enjoyed the results. It makes a terrific breakfast bread.


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