How to Bake Pandoro

How to Bake Pandoro

Serves: 8-10

Preparation time: 6 hours

Cooking time: 35 mins

Ingredients needed to make Pandoro:

For the starter:

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast

For the cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened and chopped into small dices
  • ¾ tsp orange zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

For serving:

  • Slivered almonds, slivered
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Cooking instructions for Pandoro:

  • For the starter, dump all its ingredients in a bowl and blend them together, using a stand mixer, until well combined.
  • Wrap it up in a plastic sheet and set aside in a warm place for 1 ½ hours to let it rise to twice its original size.
  • To make the cake, grease a large bowl with a knob of butter and keep aside.
  • Return the starter to the bowl of stand mixer and empty 1 ½ cups flour into it.
  • Blend them together using the hook attachment, at low speed , for a minute or until they are mixed thoroughly.
  • Add the egg yolks into it, one at a time and beat it into the mixture after each addition until blended thoroughly, until 3 of them are used up.
  • Throw in half of the butter cubes, a couple of them at a time, and whisk it into the mixture until well combined.
  • Continue to knead the dough at medium speed, for about 5 more minutes or until it forms a sticky mass.
  • Scrap it out into the buttered bowl and wrap the surface with a cling film.
  • Set aside for another couple of hours, in a warm spot, to allow it to rise to double its previous size.
  • Return the risen dough into a clean bowl of the stand mixer and fold in rest of flour, egg yolks and ¼ cup sugar, whole egg, orange zest as well as a splash of vanilla extract at slow speed, using the hook attachment, for a minute or until just combined.
  • Add rest of the butter cubes into it, 2 at a time and beat it into the dough until fully incorporated.
  • Continue to knead the dough for 5 more minutes at medium speed, until it becomes sticky.
  • Grease another large bowl with butter and transfer the dough into it.
  • Wrap it up tightly with a cling film and set aside more 2 more hours to let it rise.
  • Meanwhile, grease a pandoro mold with 2 tbsp melted butter and dust it with flour to coat evenly.
  • Tap the sides to get rid of any excess and set aside.
  • Place the risen dough into the prepared pan and wrap the surface with a cling film.
  • Allow it to rise further in a warm place for an hour and warm up your oven to 375 degrees F in the meantime.
  • Bake the cake in the middle rack of the hot oven for 15 minutes and lower the temperature to 325 degrees F before baking it further for another 25 minutes or until the pandoro turns golden brown and is baked through.
  • Set aside on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes and remove the cake from the pan before cooling it down completely.
  • Dust it with powdered sugar until well coated and sprinkle the toasted almonds on top.

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