17 July 2011

Panettone with Orange Butter

Correction: It is not Panettone, its Colomba. Thank you anon, very  tasty either way.
So this panettone is obviously not homemade... When at the grocery store, I saw a little display of this Italian sweet bread. It was wrapped in this cute paper with pretty bows and all, with really no description at all. It only said 'orange or chocolate Italian bread.' Immediately knowing it was panettone but never had heard of the company before and the tag on it was all in Italian, so that didn't really help. So of course I bought 4 loafs! It just looked to magical in the pretty packaging and I kinda loved how it was a mystery.
So the one thing I 'made', well I will say made loosely, is the orange butter. Its just grated orange zest whipped up with butter. I have yet to venture into the world of making butter, something I want to do very soon, but this simple little combination is good. Especially on the chocolate panettone, intense flavor of the zest is nice with the sweet chocolate. 
Gosh now all I want to do is make my own butter. I was at a speciality little market in Alameda a bit ago and they had so many types of butter I had never seen before, I just stared at it in amazement at first. One was a butter with sea salt that came in a little old school ceramic dish. I've seen some old butter churners at thrift stores lately, I'm thinking I should have bought one. But then again I bet I can google some diy mason jar butter churner thingy. Google be good to me, please!

8 comments:

Pauli said...

I really love those photos!

Anonymous said...

It's not Panettone, it's Colomba ('dove') which is the traditional cake we have for Easter :) The dough is pretty close to Panettone but sweeter and there are no sultanas, plus the top is covered in sugar and almonds. If you take a picture of the tags I'll translate them for you ;)

Amazing blog by the way - a friend of mine recommended it and I got immediately addicted! I'm working my way through your recipes (a bit of a Julie/Julia kind of obsession!). Your cakes made my day more than once - THANKS!!

Valeria said...

Colomba is the typical Easter dessert here in Italy, and I love it! Even after Easter for breakfast, just lightly warmed up in the toaster oven... YUM!

Emma @ my darling lemon thyme said...

You can simply make butter by blending cream with a little salt in a food processor, or by shaking it in a glass jar. My daughter made it this way at kindergarten last year! How cool is that? I prefer the food processor route ;-)

Steph said...

These photos are so gorgeous!! As said above, you don't need a butter churner to make butter - another food blog I read [Not Quite Nigella] made it a couple of months ago, and it looks really easy!

Hazel said...

Beautiful photos! I can't resist good packaging either.

Making butter is an ambition of mine also so I look forward to your experiments!

Hazel x

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

What a fabulous blog you have! I have to say, I caught the homemade butter bug about a year or two ago ... and haven't looked back. All you need is some heavy cream, a kitchen aid, and the comfort to take heavy cream where it has never gone before (that is to say, whipping it for about 10 minutes).

athena said...

hmmm, makes me wonder if the stuff i had bought that had 'panettone' written on the packaging was really panettone. nevertheless, it was still really delicious. i'm a sucker for pretty presentation as well.