Italian Panettone: #39 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

This is my Mom’s super easy recipe for panettone – an orange-scented Italian breakfast cake that’s traditionally eaten around Christmas but is delicious anytime of year. You can make it with raisins or chocolate chips, and it can be eaten for breakfast, snack, or a dessert treat.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($7 total)

4 cups flour – $0.64
2 cups sugar – $1.74
6 tsp baking powder – $0.09
1 1/2 cups raisins or chocolate chips – $1.50
1 cup canola oil or butter – $0.75
3 eggs – $0.87
2 cups milk – $0.75
1 orange, rind grated from it – $0.40


1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together. 

2. Add the sugar, oil, eggs, milk, orange rind and raisins, mix well. Pour into a greased round cake pan with a whole in the middle. If you don’t want the raisins to fall to the bottom of the cake, mix them into the flour first before adding in the wet ingredients.

3. Bake at 325F for 1 hour, covering loosely with foil halfway through so it doesn’t get too brown. Check doneness by inserting a chopstick into the cake and seeing if it comes out clean. If there is batter or cake bits stuck to it, leave it in for another 5-10 minutes. Cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes before enjoying a slice.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 = 1-3 hours
  • Servings:  3 = >6 servings
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 1 = eat rarely
  • TOTAL: 15/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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