pampeano’s Delight for Christmas – The Joys of Pionono

As the holiday season approaches, Argentine households are filled with the delightful scents of spices, sweetness, and joyous celebrations. Amongst the delectable assortment of treats, there is one dessert that stands out: the Pionono. This cylindrical sponge cake, brimming with delectable fillings and elegantly rolled into a spiral, takes centre stage on the Argentine Christmas table.

poinono dessert treat

Crafting Your Pionono  
For the Filling
6 eggs
Dulce de leche (traditional)
1 cup of sugar
Whipped cream
1 cup of all-purpose flour
Berries or nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
A pinch of salt



beating eggs for a dessert

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 180°C (350°F) and lining a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until they become light and fluffy. This should take around 5-7 minutes, and the mixture should triple in volume.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and gently fold this into the egg mixture in batches, ensuring there are no lumps.
  4. Pour the batter onto the prepared baking tray, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and springy to the touch.
  5. Once baked, remove the sponge cake from the oven and carefully roll it, along with the parchment paper, into a tight spiral while still warm. Allow it to cool completely.
  6. Carefully unroll the cooled cake and spread a generous layer of dulce de leche or whipped cream evenly, along with any additional ingredients like berries or nuts if desired.
  7. Gently roll the cake back into a tight spiral, using the parchment paper to guide you. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  8. Before serving, dust the sponge cake roll with powdered sugar for an elegant finish.
desserts for christmas
Take the chilled Pionono and slice it into round portions, arranging them beautifully on a festive platter. The perfect blend of airy sponge cake, creamy fillings, and a subtle sweetness truly embodies the magic of an Argentine Christmas with every delectable bite.
Feel free to put your own spin on the Pionono, trying out different fillings or infusing it with local flavours and don’t forget to tag us on your delicious dessert images on socials (@pampeanolife).
Wishing you a festive and delicious holiday season, surrounded by the love of family and friends, and indulging in delightful treats such as the beloved Pionono!