Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Holiday Cranberry Panettones

Most of you are probably screaming that it's too early to be thinking about Christmas, but I really do love the holiday season. How could you not love Christmas and all it's charm? It is enchanting despite what people say or think.

It's not about the perfect gift. It's about the first snowfall that blankets everything in an immaculate shade of soft white. The quietness of the morning when you first notice that this has occurred.

Walks when it's snowing and that certain someone places his arm around your shoulder to keep you warm. Cold lips warmed by kisses at the front door never tasted so sweet. Realizing that you miss someone more than you ever thought you would.

Christmas is a time for love, compassion, generosity, and for some the chance to start over. These are the reasons I love the holidays so much. The possibilities for magic are endless.

The panettones themselves are a little magical as well. In that, they can be any flavor you want them to be. You can add raisins, chocolate, or any dried fruit of your choice. The sky's the limit.

Let your imagination run wild with the "add-ins" and live in the moment. Take the time to appreciate the smell of warm bread coming out of the oven. The smile of that certain someone when you hand him or her a freshly baked panettone.

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24 comments:

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

How pretty! I wanna make panettone now!

VeggieGirl said...

I LOVE Christmas, so bring on the Christmas goodies!! :-D

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Yea for the holidays, and yea for panettone! I made kugelhopf recently, which really reminded me of its southern cousin, and made me want to delve into the art of panettone, as well. Yours looks just beautiful! Now to find those panettone wrappers...

alexandra's kitchen said...

Not too early at all! I mean Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then it's full-swing holiday mode. I love your pretty panetone wrapper. i see those in cooking magazines and always want to buy them....now I have a reason.

Hannah said...

I'm with you, I adore the holidays and have so many ideas to share! Gotta get started early to make it all happen, right?

Beautiful panettones!

Grace said...

pretty words combined with a pretty bread. i love christmas. :)

Dani said...

great pic

Caroline said...

Your panettone looks so pretty! I, too can't wait for the holidays.

Bunny said...

Awe I love your words Gigi, when I read them you gave me a wonderful visual of the holidays. This bread is beautiful, thank you!

Katie said...

Lovely magical Christmas words Gigi. Your panettones look fab, they rose beautifully and looks so soft and buttery.

Joanna said...

whenever i see panettone, i always think of giada delaurentis. that lady is obsessed with this bread!!!

La Pinche Cocinera said...

My sister went to Italy last christmas and when she back, always talk about panettone :) im going to give her a bigg surprise this christmas!!
Thanks for recipe..

Mimí

Steph said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one :) I went christmas shopping last week for home decor :) Love the panettone and can't wait to see what other christmas goodies you make :)

Kristen said...

I'm really excited for Christmas this year. It's the first one that I've been home for in eight years. :)

I've been wanting to make panettone, so this might be the push that I needed.

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Gigi ! Being an italian I can assure you that this panettone looks perfect!
Very good job dear!
A big hug!
Silvia

Lucy said...

Your pannetone looks adorable! I love the idea of it with chocolate.. :D

Ann said...

I've always wanted to try this...and don't know *why* I haven't - it's SO pretty!

Jacque said...

That looks fabulous! Like, you could package and sell it for lots of money.

Indigo said...

I love everything you said about the magic of this season, and this is just the sort of thing I start to want around now... sounds so delicious.

lacucinaincantata said...

you are very good. this is a difficult recipe for an italian party-cook. good and happy new year from italy! anna maria

jfrankschweska said...

sounds good ,

jfrankschweska said...

yeah

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