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Ms. Fennelbulb Nov 26, 2007 05:07 PM

MSP Chowhounds,

Do you know a bakery that makes good Panettone and/or fruit cakes?

  1. AnneInMpls Dec 23, 2007 09:45 PM

    Here's another Made-In-MSP Panettone sighting:

    Seward Co-op has Panettone made by "A Toast To Bread". I bought some, but i haven't sampled it yet - we're bringing it to a brunch on the 25th.

    My experience with ATTB's bread is that it's OK but not great. So I'll bet that Rustica's panettone will beat out this one, but it's better than nothing. And it was highly convenient, as I was shopping at Seward Co-op anyway. (I also bought something from Rustica that was unlabeled, but looks and smells like a raisin-spice tea bread. That one I'm keeping for myself!)

    Anne

    P.S. My verdict on the fruitcake from the Wedge: Don't Bother. The ingredients are fine - walnuts (or pecans?), raisins, dried papaya - but there's not enough batter to hold the stuff together. It's not fruitcake, it's dried fruit and nuts with a bit of baked goo. Oh, I miss the whole-wheat fruitcake from the People's Bakery!

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    1. re: AnneInMpls
      AnneInMpls Dec 28, 2007 05:11 PM

      Report on "A Toast To Bread" Panettone: pretty durned good! It's a yeasty sweet bread that's chock full of dried fruit - figs, apricots, orange peels, citron, dates, pineapple, and more. There might be some whole-wheat flour, but if so, there's not much. (I coudn't taste a whole-wheat flavor, but the color is more tan than I would expect from an all-white-wheat bread.) But the flavor is more interesting than a simple white bread would be.

      This version isn't what I think of as "traditional" panettone, but I would definitely buy it again. In fact, I looked for it at Seward Co-op today, but there wasn't any... It's on my list for next year.

      Anne

    2. GastronautMN Dec 22, 2007 06:20 PM

      I just picked up a panettone at Rustica today. I have not tried it yet so I cannot vouch for authenticity, but if it is consistent with the quality of the rest of their goods it should be great.

      They had both traditional and chocolate.

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        faith Dec 22, 2007 09:00 PM

        Gastronaut- how could you get something from Rustica and NOT have tried it
        before posting that you bought it? Oh, I get it, it is so good you don't want to tell us
        and have competition. So, how was it?

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          clepro Dec 27, 2007 02:23 PM

          I''ve been waiting and waiting !...how was Rustica's panettone?

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        MrSlippery Nov 29, 2007 10:22 PM

        Buon Giorno in Lillydale has some good if pricey festive Italian treats (panettone, nougat panforte etc.). They have a fig and chocolate panettone for $50ish. Very tasty.

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          nasalhazel Nov 28, 2007 07:52 AM

          I would also try The Wedge Co-op on Lyndale in Mpls -- they always have locally/regionally-sourced holiday breads (and they bake a lot of non-holiday bread onsite, too). They usually have a couple of panettone-like breads in fruit and chocolate.

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            SwedishChef Nov 27, 2007 12:52 PM

            At the risk of sounding lame, Williams-Sonoma sells a very good Panettone. It's not cheap (mid $30s), but it's fairly large. Makes for a decadent French toast, too. Looking forward to seeing other resources here.

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              soupkitten Nov 27, 2007 01:46 PM

              also at the risk of sounding lame, cosetta's carries imported pannetones and has them all over the place right now. haven't sampled them though. can't think of anyplace in town that makes their own. gawd we need a decent italian deli in MSP

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                Ms. Fennelbulb Nov 27, 2007 03:50 PM

                Thank you all for the suggestions. I will definitely stop by Wuollet for their fruit cake. Too bad that locally made Panettone does not seem to exist.

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                  autmommy Nov 28, 2007 09:19 AM

                  I would also check with Broder's though, if you haven't. I once saw a listing for a cooking class there thru kitchen window, and I remember Panettone being on the menu.

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                    pgokey Nov 28, 2007 12:59 PM

                    Broder's only carries imported Pannettone.

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                    BEM Dec 1, 2007 05:23 AM

                    Breadsmith's also carries a pannetonne during the holidays. I haven't tried it.

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                      clepro Dec 3, 2007 10:21 AM

                      It's not to my taste--far too dry and without that distinctive scent and flavor provided by Fiori di Sicilia ("flowers of Sicily"), a citrus/vanilla-like extract. I like Fiori d S so much I've been known to wear it. I haven't found any bakery in the Twin Cities that makes good pannetone, although I'll be interested to see if Buon Giorno has something going on. If we buy it imported, we always buy from Cossetta's.

              2. GastronautMN Nov 26, 2007 05:15 PM

                Wuollet Bakery makes a fine fruit cake. For Panettone I am not sure but you might try Broder's Cucina Italiana.

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