Panettone or Pandoro

Better Panettone or Pandoro? Easy, panettone is the king!  It’s a match between a heavyweight champion and an experienced and light competitor.   Panettone is the best natural leavened artisan dessert;  delicious thanks to the ingredients and a multi-phase fermentation that gives complex aromas, but very complicated to make and even more difficult to master. […]

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Whole Flours and Other Flours

With Christmas around the corner, we all start to think about baking lots of good sweet stuff that will smell good in the oven and puts us in the right Xmas spirit.  The flour is an important ingredient in baking, and in Italy, there are mainly two types of flower; 0 and 00, and another […]

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Christmas Thereabouts

Christmas is a long affair in Italy because is not just one day, there is the day after too. A full-fledged festivity known as St. Stephen day. It means more food, more invitations, more cooking. Certainly more planning and shopping because on St. Stephen day all stores are still closed. It was in days like […]

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The Season of Greetings is Here

Christmas holidays in Italy is not just the 25th, but we celebrate the 26 as well, St. Stephen Day, the one that in Canada is called Boxing Day. A lovely card from a first grader! The frenzy starts on the 24, with the last minute shopping. Stores are open until very late. Then, according to […]

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