I realize this isn’t a beauty post and probably belongs on a food blog more than on what passes for a beauty blog. But I just had to share one of my favourite indulgences every year, at about this time, when the fairy lights and faux Christmas trees are going up in malls everywhere.
An Italian sweet fruit bread loaf, this is the Italian equivalent of a Christmas Fruit Cake. It comes out around Christmas time, and is somewhere between bread and brioche and is absolutely delicious! Panettone brings back a lot of nice memories for me because the first time I had it was on my first trip to Italy!
I was student and for Christmas holidays, some friends and I went off to Italy. We ended up spending Christmas in Rome and we stayed at a little pensione just opposite an alimentari – a grocery store – where they had boxes and boxes of these Panettone in their window. It was quite pricey, as I recall but I’d see local Italians buying them up and as an impoverished student, it wasn’t easy to spend that sort of money on what was a fruit bread!
However, on Christmas Eve, we came back to our pensione room to find the lovely owner had deposited huge boxes of Pannetone on our beds as a Christmas gift! That was so sweet of them!
As a sort of personal tradition, I pick up a box of Panettone every year. They come in different sizes – popular sizes are huge 1kg ones but they also come in smaller 100g sizes which is just about the size of a muffin. There are many different brands too.
Locally, they are pricey as they are imported in from Italy (those taste better than local bakery attempts). A small 100g Panettone retails for about RM10 on average. Big 1kg ones are about RM30-40 on average. But they are delicious on their own, or lightly toasted, and go very well with coffee in the mornings. The sweetness is tempered by the bitter brew and this is part of the reason I look forward to Christmas each year – it starts for me with the first sighting of Panettone! 😀
I just picked up my first this year yesterday – noms! 😀
Do you enjoy eating Panettone too? Or perhaps you have always wondered what it is in those trapezoid boxes but never tried them? I realize its early, but there are no other festivals leading up the Christmas for us here, so I guess we start early! 😀
p/s I realize this is all very random but I’m a bit uninspired by cosmetics or fashion lately. What does inspire me always, is food so you may expect to see some food related posts pop up from time to time in the future on weekends 😉