08 December 2011

AUNTIE PASTA: The Many Cakes of Christmas

SARONNO, Italy – The countdown to Christmas has started and grocery stores shelves are filled with all kinds of holiday goodies.Every region has its own particular Christmas dinner specialties like meatballs in the south and ravioli with pumpkin in the north, but one thing they all agree on – Christmas is not Christmas without a panettone, that big pillow of a bread studded with juicy raisins and stuff.

Legend has it that panettone was developed in Milan in the 1400’s. That’s probably true. For the rest of the story, that it was first made by a baker named Tony to impress his girlfriend - well, that's more fiction than fact. What’s is true though is you'd be hard pressed to find a Christmas Day meal that will not end with a slice of the raisin rich eggy bread and a flute of sparkling Prosecco wine. 

Because panettone tastes so good, Italians tend to forgive it for being such a plain Jane.There's not much you can do to glam up this humble sweet bread, but you have to give the fashion conscious Milanese credit for trying. Here is a photo essay showing some of the more elegant panettone offerings on the market this holiday season.

Let's Start at the Beginning

Now We're On a Roll

It's Nice, But it Needs a Little Something

Maybe a Few Sprinkles of Sugar
Or a Fondant Skirt with Xmas Greetings
Or Maybe a Few Accessories
  How About a Finding Nemo Panettone? Ahh, No.

Oh, Now You've Got It!  Buon Natale

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