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Made with dried fruit and candied peel, and iced with a hazelnut glaze.
The panettone-making process beings every September (the exact date depends on the weather). Once the dough is made, it’s left to prove overnight before the sultanas and candied peel are added. The mixture is then divided into the traditional paper cases and left for many hours to prove in a very warm room. The cakes are then baked in the oven, where they spend only a short time before being whipped out, turned upside down and left to cool. Being cooled upside down is what gives them their characteristic shape. They then head off to be hand-packed and sent on their journey to us.
We think panettone is lovely on Christmas morning with a glass of prosecco. Or toasted with butter and fig jam. Or eaten plain alongside a cappuccino. The list goes on…
Piemonte (or Piedmont) is the second largest region of Italy, found in the north west of the country. Its largest city and the original capital of Italy is Turin, the bustling business and culture hub of northern Italy. Turin is filled with a mixture of 16th and 18th century renaissance, baroque and neo classical architecture. More up-to-date, it is also home to Juventus FC, one of Italy’s best football teams.
Moving away from the cities, Piedmont is known for its connection to the Alps. Almost half of the region is covered by mountains, making it one of Italy’s top skiing destinations. The geography of the region generates great agricultural farm land and it is best known for its grapes and wine production. Barolo and Barbaresco red wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape, and the sparkling Asti Spumante comes from the Moscato grape.
Besides wine, the region also produces a vast amount of Italian risotto rice. Arborio, Carnaroli and 11 other varieties of rice are grown in paddy fields, irrigated by river water.
Wheat flour, sultanas, sugar, butter (milk), egg yolk, candied orange and citrus peel (orange and citrus peel, glucose-fructose syrup, sucrose, acidifier: citric acid), natural yeast (contains wheat), invert sugar syrup, emulsifiers:mono and diglycerides of fatty acids of vegetable origin, wheat malt, salt, sunflower lecithin, natural orange flavour, vanilla extract from Madagascar beans. Icing: sugar, egg white, hazelnuts, apricot kernels, rice flour. ALLERGY ADVICE: For allergens, see ingredients in bold. May contain traces of peanuts, soya and other nuts. SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS.
How to use
Serve with a glass of prosecco at the end of the Christmas meal. Toast and butter for breakfast. Once opened it will keep well for a few days, up to a week, if it is stored in its own bag, resealed with the twist tie. Leftovers are a very luxurious base for a bread and butter pudding.