Sweet Buns Recipe With Whipped Cream – Roman Maritozzi con la panna

Maritozzi con la Panna - Sweet buns recipe with whipped cream

These cream-filled sweet buns from the region of Lazio were traditionally made for Easter as a treat after the season of Lent. Men also hid rings or other small golden objects in them and offered them to their future wives on Valentine’s Day.

Although these buns are a bit more elaborate, the original recipe from ancient Rome simply involved flour, honey, eggs, and fat. Today, maritozzi are an excellent breakfast bread.

When making these, make sure you whip your own fresh cream; it makes all the difference and only takes a few minutes. You can use the extra cream to top your espresso, which is called espresso con panna, another special treat that I hope becomes a morning tradition in your home.

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Maritozzi con la Panna - Sweet buns recipe with whipped cream
Maritozzi con la panna
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Rising Time
6 hrs
Total Time
30 mins
When you are in Rome, don't forget to try maritozzi con la panna! These sweet buns with shipped cream are an authentic treat for the perfect Roman breakfast!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cornetto, maritozzi, sweet bun
Servings: 10
Calories: 408 kcal
Author: Nonna Box
  • 1 lb all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 egg yolks (reserve the whites)
  • 7 oz milk scalded
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh yeast
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 16 oz fresh cream
  1. Add the yeast to 1/4 cup of lukewarm water.

  2. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add the yeast, egg yolks, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt and stir until you get a sticky smooth dough, about 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer to a lightly floured large plastic container with lid, and let it rise for 4 hours.

  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. With lightly oiled hands, form the dough into little ping-pong-sized balls and place on the baking sheet. Cover gently with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for an additional 2 hours.

  7. Preheat the oven to 355°F.

  8. When doubled in size, brush the buns very gently with the egg whites, covering the entire surface of the buns.

  9. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

  10. Measure the cream and powdered sugar into a large bowl and whip with a whisk for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes whipped cream.

  11. Slice each bun across the top, fill with fresh whipped cream, and top with additional powdered sugar and the cocoa powder.

Nutrition Facts
Maritozzi con la panna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Potassium 129mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Buon Appetito!

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