Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Total:
1 hr 10 min
Active:
35 min
Yield:
2 cakes, serving 14 to 16 peop
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Yeast Mixture:
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Cake:
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 egg yolks, plus 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the water, yeast, sugar, 1 egg yolk, and 1/2 cup flour, and blend well. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours, or until doubled in bulk.

On a clean work surface, mound 3 of the remaining cups of flour and make a well in the center. In a medium bowl, beat together 4 of the egg yolks, 1/2-cup sugar, the butter and 1/2 cup water. Add the yeast combination from above and mix well. Pour the entire mixture into the flour well and gradually mix the flour into the liquids to form a sticky dough. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes, or use the dough hook attachment on an electric mixer. The dough should remain somewhat tacky, unlike bread dough.

Grease or oil a large bowl and add the dough, turning to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.

Punch down the dough and add the remaining flour, egg yolks, 1/2 cup water, egg, sugar and lemon zest and knead until blended, then knead for an additional 10 minutes on a floured work surface. Place in a greased or buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then let rise for an additional 2 hours.

Butter and flour two pandoro molds or coffee cans. Punch the dough down, divide it in 2, and roll each piece into a ball. Place one ball in each of the molds, and let rise for 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the pandoro for 35 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest for 10 minutes, then unmold and let cool completely.

In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and water and stir well. Drizzle the pandoro with the mixture and serve in wedges.

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