Christmas Dessert

Yellow Bread or Pangiallo Romano

 How to prepare the real Italian recipe of “Pangiallo

Yellow Bread or “Pangiallo” is an old and very traditional Holidays cake, which in Rome at Christmas should never miss. Pangiallo is one of the most ancient Christmas cakes from Italy. The Yellow Bread is a Roman speciality similar to the Tuscan panforte. And in spite of the name, it is more a dessert than bread. Some do add saffron to give to the dough a golden tint. Originated during the imperial age, it combines all the nuts, dried fruits, honey and spices you could think about. An elegant and delightful rich Italian cuisine experience.

Ingredients for 4-5 people

  • 300 grams of Flour
  • 20 g of Yeast
  • 30 g Candied Orange peel
  • 20 grams of Pine Nuts
  • 30 g shelled and peeled Almonds
  • 50 g of Raisins
  • Cinnamon, Saffron, Sugar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


1. Place the flour on a pastry board, add the yeast dissolved in a sugar syrup and warm water, mix well. There should be a dough a little softer than the one of bread.
2. Combine orange peel, pine nuts, almonds, raisins (previously soaked in warm water), and a pinch of cinnamon. Knead and form a loaf to rise covered with a napkin, in a warm place for 12 hours.
3. Then prepare a batter with water, a tablespoon of flour, a little oil, a pinch of saffron. Spread this batter on the loaf and put in a moderate oven (180 °) for 40 minutes.

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