I made an apricot and candied ginger panettone today. Panettone is an Italian Christmas Bread filled with fruits and or nuts. It can also be a bread for New Years. Years ago I made panettone and used white lunch bags that I brushed with melted butter instead of pans to bake it in. Recently I purchase some panettone papers from King Arthur Flours. I must say I like these papers very much for panettone.
The recipe I used today also came from King Arthur Flours. I wasn’t too pleased with how it came out in that it didn’t rise as well as I think it should have. I was pleased with the taste. I tried a flavoring that I never used before- Fiori di Sicilia. Fiori di Sicilia (Flowers of Sicily) has an orange and vanilla floral scent. It almost smells like a creamsicle and vanilla…The scent is heavenly. It gave the panettone a more authentic taste. The next time I make panettone I will use my recipe using Fiori di Sicilia flavoring.
Of course I had to try it before Christmas. I am looking forward to a cup of tea and a slice of panettone toasted and buttered for my afternoon break tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be making three dozen finger rolls and freezing them for Christmas Eve. Carrie is coming down tomorrow to vacuum and dust for me while I cook and bake some of the foods that can be cooked a day ahead of Christmas Eve. Carrie is also making the pizzelles for me.