Don't Call Me Fruitcake


Panettone is a traditional festive treat, that every Italian likes to have on the table during Christmas and New Year's. This beloved cake is a rich and delicately sweet with candied orange peel and plump raisin, and is ideal for any celebration.

In Italy, it seems that almost everything someone eats or drinks has a story, such as the village where it was first made or the craftsman who worked for years to get a recipe just right. And this special holiday cake is no exception. One legend traces the bread’s origins to a Milanese nobleman, who loved the daughter of a poor baker named Toni. The nobleman created the cake and then gave it to the baker, who presented the cake to the Duke of Milan, in hopes of securing the marriage of the two lovers. The delicious creation was a hit and the new cake was from then called Pan de Tonio.  

This year we are carrying assorted sizes and styles of panettone, including classic fruit, almond, and chocolate. All beautifully packaged, these artisan crafted cakes make a perfect quick and easy hostess gift. There are also great ways to incorporate this classic cake into your holiday traditions.  Simply sliced, served with butter and jam or give your breakfast a bit of holiday flavor with a heavenly baked French toast on Christmas morning.  

A simple panettone bread pudding is another perfect way to spice up your holiday festivities.

Ingredients:
  • Butter
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf panettone bread, crusts trimmed, bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Arrange the bread cubes in prepared dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk, and sugar to blend. Pour the custard over the bread cubes, and press the bread cubes gently to submerge. Let stand for 30 minutes, occasionally pressing the bread cubes into the custard mixture. (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  • Bake until the pudding puffs and is set in the center, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly.
Perfect served with a Grand Marnier whipped cream.

Panettone is available at all nine stores through the first of the year.
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2 Comment(s):

Global Administrator wrote on 12/20/2012 9:41:04 AM

Jeanne - unfortunately each store has received the full shipment for the holiday season, you may just want to ask a partner to double check next time you are in.

Jeanne Dewey wrote on 12/20/2012 7:25:33 AM

Am disappointed that you seem to be out of the small pal vain panettone. I bought several for myself and they are gone. I wanted to buy another one for myself and one for my parents but did not find them at the Houston store. Will you get more?...

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