Dec 082007
 
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The first night of Hannukah we were invited to a friend’s house to celebrate with their family. We had a nice meal of mushroom soup, potato latkes, butternut squash and curry latkes, salad, homemade Merlot wine and peapod wine. It was a delicious dinner.

I volunteered to bring dessert and instead of bringing soufganyiot, I decided to make an Italian holiday dessert, Panettone in honor of my Italian ancestry. A couple of years ago, I found an interesting take on this sweet bread which is usually made with raisins and candied fruit. The one I made is called Cranberry Pistachio Panettone. It is an eggy, buttery sweet bread, but not too sweet. I like it better than the panettone I used to buy in Milano and Lugano. It is really easy to make, just a little time consuming because of the rising time, but well worth the wait. You can freeze it, just make sure you wrap it well.

I baked it in a tall, narrow cooking pot that I use to cook pasta or asparagus. If you can find a paper panettone form, then use that. I could find one in any of the baking shops. You can also be decadent and make this with dried tart cherries instead of cranberries.

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Baroness Tapuzina

avatarMichelle Nordell (aka Baroness Tapuzina) was a foodie from the womb growing up in the House of Weird Vegetables, so named by a family friend because all of the unusual and exotic food cooked and eaten there. She loves to change recipes using herbs from her garden and spices from the spice shops she enjoys visiting.

  4 Responses to “Italian Hannukah”

  1. I have tasted this pannetone, and it is divine. Did you use rum?

    Miriam

  2. I didn’t use rum in the one I made for you. I doubled the vanilla.

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    Happy Chanukah!

    My Mom usually makes a candied “Shtollen” – a German variation of the nutted fruit bread – at this time of year. It makes me nostalgic. Your pannetone looks great!
    Carol

  4. The pannetone looks wonderful and we too had an Italian Chanukah in some respects with our grandkids and son in law who is from Rome. Love the blending of traditions.

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