What is Paneangeli?
Paneangeli means “the yeast of the bread angels,” but it is better described as “Italian vanilla baking powder.” This ingredient has a delicate vanilla flavor and fragrance, and can be used in numerous baking recipes. It is ideal for all desserts that require yeast and helps to ensure delicious results every time you bake. You can find Paneangeli on Amazon or at your local grocer.
Here are some of our favorite recipes you can use Paneangeli in.
1. Italian Pound Cake
It doesn’t get much better than a slice of warm Italian pound cake. Pound cake is rich and dense thanks to its core ingredients of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar along with its leavening agent and either vanilla or lemon.
Paneangeli provides the perfect alternative for this cake. It acts in place of baking soda while also adding that hint of vanilla. Another healthy deviation this recipe takes is from the butter. Your cake will be using vanilla yogurt and vegetable oil in place of the butter to make your cake moist.
Feel free to add a sugar glaze and garnish with fruit slices.
Get the full recipe and directions from Laura in the Kitchen
2. Lemon Coffee Cake
If there’s one thing that everyone should adopt from Europe, it’s a set time of day to have cake and coffee. This Italian Lemon Coffee Cake, also known as torta al limone, pairs perfectly with a cup of joe.
This recipe dresses up traditional lemon coffee cake with sliced almonds and a powdered sugar glazed. While you can do away with these additions if you’re seeking a subtler flavor, it’s a great way to pull out those flavors in your coffee as well.
Here, the recipe calls for Lievito Pane Deli Angeli (also known as Paneangeli) which you’ll mix in last.
Get the full recipe and directions from All Recipes
3. Italian Easter Cake
Did you know there was such a thing as Italian Easter cake? I enjoy cake any day of the year, so give me a day and give me a cake for it. That’s the only excuse I need! Italian Easter cake is also known as Il Suonno, and it comes from Campania (the south of Italia). It is seen as a classic and beautiful way to celebrate the classic coming of spring.
Now, keep in mind, just like it took Jesus three days to rise from the day, it will also take this cake three days to rise as well. If you’re intent on having it as your Easter dessert, then you’ll want to start it with plenty of time (and perhaps even give yourself time for a trial run or two). Just make sure you follow the steps closely. You’ll use the Paneangeli during Day 2.
And make sure to decorate the cake with some pastel sprinkles to give it a pretty Easter effect!
Get the full recipe and directions from An Italian Dish
4. Apple Almond Ricotta Crumble Cake
Nothing screams the holidays like a delicious apple crumble cake. The smell of apple baking always fills me up with a certain coziness, and I love being able to share that with others through food.
In this dessert, Paneangeli is used in both the filling and the crust. This extra hint of vanilla works nicely with the apples, cinnamon, ricotta, and almond extract. This cake is perfect with a tall cold glass of milk on a Sunday morning!
Get the full recipe and directions from Cooking with Nonna
5. Mandarinello Bundt Cake
What I love about Bundt cake is that it can be both formal and informal. Bundt cake is so dainty and beautiful that, if it were served at a tea party, then it would be in perfect company. It has an elegance about it – even in its simplicity.
Yet, at the same time, Bundt cake isn’t fussy. You could grab a slice at a party and hold it on a napkin. You could eat it without utensils with relatively little mess, and you could enjoy it all the same.
This recipe for Mandarinello Bundt Cake is ideal for anyone who wants a light and citrusy dessert. It’s similar to a limoncello cake, except it’s made with an orange zest and orange-flavored liqueur (extra points for being boozy).
You can make just the cake and dust it with powdered sugar, or you can dress it up with the mascarpone cream and blackberry compote that the recipe author recommends. Either way, it’s just as delicious.
This recipe notes that Paneangeli is used in this recipe to make it “just like her Nonna used to.” And hey, if it was good enough for Nonna then it’s certainly good enough for me!
Get the full recipe and directions from Cooking Channel TV
6. Apple Pie
Someone once told me, “The floor is low, but the ceiling is high when it comes to pie.” And I’m not going to lie, it took me a little while to understand exactly what they meant by this. While people rave about pie (and apple pie particularly), it’s hardly the #1 dessert on my list because…well…it’s never THAT good.
Anyone can make a pie, but few people can make an outstanding pie. Getting the crust just right is rare. Knowing how to make a delicious filling is few and far between. Making a beautiful design is a cherry on top if you get everything else right.
Well we have to say that this apple pie definitely makes the cut. One interesting twist on apple pie is Nonna Pia’s Apple Pie recipe that combines cake and pie together. Curious? Try it for yourself! This recipe uses Paneangeli in the pie mix.
Get the full recipe and directions from Sweet Paul Mag
7. Soft Focaccia with Radicchio, Speck, and Burrata
Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar to pizza dough. If your quarantining habits during the past 9 months have you interested in making different types of bread, then this may be the next one you try. Paneangeli Mastro Fornaio yeast is used in the first step of making the dough as you combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a big bowl to get your focaccia started.
Overall, this focaccia will have a sweet, pleasantly bitter, and rich taste due to the radicchio and burrata that are incorporated. Oh, and not to mention radicchio and speck is a classic combination in Italian cuisine (especially on pizza!).
Get the full recipe and directions from Very Eatalian
We hope you enjoyed this list of our favorite desserts using Panenageli, and got to see how versatile of an ingredient it is. Throw it into your next baking recipe and let us know how it goes!
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