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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 !...how was Rustica's panettone?

              2. 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!)


                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

                  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.