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Almond Orange Pandoro Christmas Cake

Pandoro is a sweet Italian bread, very similar to Panettone. It means "bread of gold" in Italian, and it hails from the city of Verona. This is a really fun, festive way to dress up the classic Christmas cake for the holidays, and it's so easy. Whip up a simple mascarpone whipped cream, an orange honey syrup to glaze each layer, and decorate it to your heart's content!

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Almond Orange Pandoro Christmas Cake

Category

Dessert

Prep Time

25 minutes

Calories

555

Author:

The Giadzy Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 1 Pandoro cake, (horizontally cut into 5 tiers)
  • For The Mascarpone Whipped Cream:

  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, (from one orange)
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • For The Orange Syrup:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice, (from one orange)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • For The Decorations:

  • Decorations of choice: pomegranate seeds, (pistachios, candies, sprinkles)
  • Powdered sugar, (for dusting)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pandoro cake by carefully cutting it horizontally with a serrated knife into 5 separate tiers. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone, powdered sugar, heavy cream, orange zest, almond extract and salt. With an electric mixer or by hand, whip until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Do not overmix, as it can curdle. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine fresh orange juice (from the orange the zest came from) and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until the honey has dissolved.
  4. Place the bottom piece of the pandoro on a serving plate. Using a pastry brush or a spoon, dab some of the orange syrup onto the bottom layer. Spread some of the mascarpone whipped cream over the cake. Place the next slice of pandoro on top, turning it slightly so the ridges of the cake do not match up with the below layer(this creates the Christmas Tree effect). Repeat with the orange syrup and mascarpone whipped cream on all layers until you get to the top layer. Decoratively top the cake with any leftover whipped cream.
  5. Decorate the cake with pomegranate seeds, sprinkles, candies, et cetera. Finish the cake by dusting with powdered sugar through a mesh strainer.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
555
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
62 grams
Protein
7 grams
Fat
41 grams
Saturated Fat
25 grams
Cholesterol
177 milligrams
Sodium
396 milligrams
Fiber
1 grams
Sugar
24 grams
Unsaturated Fat
8 grams

1 comment

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    Patricia Silverman
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    Easy to make or actually to assemble – using the premade pandora – lovely time save. Lovely flavors and presentation – only problem I had was that my cream started to soften a bit after I put together so it became a little wobbly.. Terrifc, easy, yummy and showstopper presentation – will definitely be trying again.

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