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December 31, 2008


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Buon capo d'anno!
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e così abbiamo fatto un percorso tra i dolci delle feste....novità per gli americani....panettone e pandoro arrivano anche lì? io preferisco il pandoro, vabè....sono un po' di parte, il pandoro è veronese........ in parte quando ero piccola, sono cresciuta con una bella tazza di latte e ora il pasto a cui non rinuncerei è proprio la colazione, una tazza di caffèllatte mi dà proprio soddisfazione e parto contenta.......tu starai ancora dormendo....perciò per quando mi leggerai ti lascio un buongiorno in questo primo giorno d'anno nuovo....baci!


Happy New Year dear Simona!

Simona Carini

Buon Anno to you as well, Peter.

Ciao Astro e auguroni di Buon Anno. La tua parzialita' per il pandoro non mi sorprende e poi comunque e' proprio buono. E' facile trovare panettone, pandoro, torrone e panforte nella Bay Area, anche se certo non tutte le marche.

Thanks Maryann, same to you and your family.


I like the sound of the thick slice of panettone with hot chocolate for me. ;-)

Happy New Year, my friend!



I nostri dolci delle feste che tuttavia hanno una diversa personalità a seconda della qualità.
Ti auguro Buon anno, carissima


It always begins to look a lot like Christmas when you see the distinctive boxes of panettone stacked up in the markets. It's one of my favorite light cakes. A great and sweetly festive post.

Happy New Year, Simona.


It's so great that you wrote about panettone, panforte, pandoro -- I love panettone, it always says "Christmas" to me. I love to warm it or slightly toast it and put butter on it. Your making a dinner of it and coffee-milk sounds wonderful.

And torrone! Coincidentally, my sister sent us one of those (from Williams-Sonoma) this year! It was in a beautiful red box with gold lettering, and the paper inside, covering the torrone, had scalloped edges and a decorative design printed on it. The packaging was as wonderful as the candy. The type was as you mentioned: covered with dark chocolate. Divine.

Happy new year! Looking forward to all kinds of tasty treats in 2009!


What a beautiful post! I learned about something, too - I didn't really know about pinoccate and actually, believe it or not, I don't think I ever had panforte.
Panettone or pandoro, hard dilemma. Recently I go for panettone too. :)

Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes

Hi Simona and Happy New Year to you! How fun to see Taste With The eyes mentioned. The Panettone French Toast was awesome, but after reading your post, I have more Italian holiday treats to seek out, especially the zuppa inglese with alchermes.

Simona Carini

Panettone and hot chocolate is another great combination, dear Paz. Happy New Year to you!

Hai ragione Lenny, ognuno di essi ha una sua personalita'. Buon anno anche a te.

It was always like that for me as a child, Susan. I could not wait to get that first box open and the first, fragrant slice on my plate. I am glad that the appeal has not diminished with time. Happy New Year to you as well.

That's a nice gift you've received, Lisa. Every Christmas my dad would forget which brand he liked better, so we got several kinds of torrone. They are a total treat. Happy New Year to you too!

Pinoccate have a limited geographical spread, so I am not surprised that you have not tasted them, Marta, but you should be able to try a piece of panforte. The best way would be to hop on a train and go to Siena and get a piece from one of the pastry shops there, and also some chocolate-covered ricciarelli: oh my!

It was so interesting to read both you and Marie describe the same use of panettone, something also you would not find in Italy. I just remembered that the first time I heard French toast mentioned was in the movie Kramer vs. Kramer. I found the scene on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmyfOquda-M
I also remembered about an Italian dish that I should talk about soon.


Simona, You mean tomarrow in Italy you would find pannetone half price? How cool is that? Although that might be mighty dangerous!! I'd love to have a cup of hot caffelatte and a slice with you some day!
Thanks for the link love ;)

Simona Carini

Indeed, the end of season sale of panettone and pandoro is quite a temptation. I'd also like to meet you over panettone and caffelatte some day, maybe in a pastry shop in Milan, where they make the panettone fresh daily.

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