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Nov 26, 2007 05:07 PM

MSP-panettone, fruit cakes

MSP Chowhounds,

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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: SwedishChef

        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

        1. re: soupkitten

          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.

          1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

            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.

            1. re: autmommy

              Broder's only carries imported Pannettone.

            2. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

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

              1. re: BEM

                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. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: GastronautMN

                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?

                1. re: faith

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