I’m sad to report that I have now had my very first failure in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. I’ve made mistakes and had a few problems with some of the earlier breads, but they all managed to pull through and turn out pretty great.
Then I met Panettone.
Panettone is a traditional Italian Christmas bread that originates from Milan and is popular throughout the world. I’ve always loved it. My first experience with panettone was when I worked for Lenscrafters in college. Lenscrafters is owned by an Italian company and our Christmas bonuses came in the form of this sweet, rich, and fruity bread. Not everyone liked it, so there were always extra boxes of panettone sitting around the Lenscrafters break room in December. But I loved it. I would toast big hunks of it (under the broiler because it was too big to fit in my toaster) and eat it dripping with butter. It makes great french toast, too! I also ate my share of panettone while living in Sicily. It’s sold everywhere in Italy – little shops, big grocery stores, from the back of trucks on the side of the road. Continue reading →