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Do you know an Italian yeast sweet bread called Ciamballone?Is it Panettone or Pandoro in Disguise?

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Do you know an Italian yeast sweet bread called Ciamballone?Is it Panettone or Pandoro in Disguise?

opinionatedchef | Nov 23, 2012 11:44 PM

Are any of you helpful CHs familiar with an Italian sweet yeast bread called Ciamballone(also spelled Ciambellone)? Whole Foods sells wedges of it (imported I believe) and I adore it. It is very moist and soft- like a good brioche- and has lots of soaked raisins and citron. Here is a photo of the WF product:
http://julianaslair.com/2010/01/18/ci...

Photo of ciamballone in bakery window in italy near Padua:
http://americaninpadua.blogspot.com/2...
Doesn't this look like a shorter version of pandoro or panettone?

I spent some time web researching Ciamballone and most all of the entries spell it w/ an 'e' and also are cakes, not yeast based. I did find this one yeast recipe (see below) but it has no rising step; it is simply mixed and baked. I've never seen yeast used like this; have you? Do you know what effect this yeast would have? The photo of it looks pretty much like a baking powder cake.
http://honestcooking.com/2012/11/13/c...

CIAMBELLONE (Big Doughnut)

◦3 eggs

◦300gr all purpose flour

◦200gr sugar

◦1/2 glass of vegetable oil

◦1 glass of milk

◦25gr of baking yeast

◦orange or lemon zest, grated

◦5gr of butter to grease the pan

1.Preheat the oven at 350/390°F. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it with a whisk, or put them into the food processor and turn it on. Mix until evenly combined.

2.Grease your baking pan with butter and then add some flour and move the pan to even distribute the flour on the surface. Add the batter and cook for 40 minutes. You can check if it’s ready by piercing the cake with a skewer. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

3.IMPORTANT! do not open the oven in the first 25 minutes or the cake will collapse
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Thx much for your help!

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