Where can I find a kosher pannettone? Are there any brands out there?
I have been looking for years and could never find.
And it is way to much of a pain in the ass to make it myself. The 25$ a loaf they charge for many non kosher brands is a bargain compared to the cost of ingredients that go into making it. (Cocoa Butter, Dried Fruits, etc....etc...)
Expensive? How? The 2 panettones I have in the oven right now consist of
candied fruit & raisins
2 Tbs. rum
No cocoa butter. In fact, I don't believe I've ever seen a panettone recipe that calls for cocoa butter, although I'm sure there may be one out there. And the candied fruits tend to be on sale this time of the year. I even stock up after the December holiday when the stores are dumping them. This time I macerated the fruit in 1/2 c. rum, but if you want to cut that cost you could simply rinse the candied fruit and plump the raisins in hot water. It still works very well.
Is it a PIA to make? Maybe, if you don't have a stand mixer, try to do the Peter Reinhart recipe, or didn't time yourself well. The recipe I use takes about 6 hours, but most of it is rising time.
Bread baking isn't everyone's idea of fun so I understand if you wouldn't want to be bothered with it. But it certainly isn't expensive or terribly difficult. In fact, it isn't all that different from making challah.
ETA: I just pulled them out of the oven and weighed them. Each loaf weighed about 1 lb. 14.5 oz. Ingredient-wise, it seems fairly cost effective to me.
I gave never seen a kosher obe, but there is a simple recipe on Joy of Kosher with Jame Geller. Looks like a good recipe and rs fairly simple.
I've never seen packaged KOSHER pannettone in the supermarkets, etc.
Back in the day when I worked for a kosher bakery (1978) in the suburbs of New Haven, our customer base was 40% Italian non-Jewish. This was not unusual. So, of course we made panettone and sold it in December, just as we made and sold kosher gingerbread houses, stollen and xmas cookies.
Outside of large Jewish communities, the kosher independent bakery has disappeared, replaced by the availability of kosher, but highly inferior, in supermarket bakeries such as Stop and Shop in New England.
If you live near enough to mixed neighborhoods where there are old fashioned independent kosher bakeries that serve the general population, you may find freshly made kosher panettone this time of year.
I grew up in Brooklyn and now live in a so-not-Jewish part of the South. I never experienced X-mas envy then, and I still don't. I'm actually grateful that I don't have to deal with all the mishegas.
Be that as it may, panettone isn't all that different from babka (substitute the cinnamon schmear with candied fruit and you're just about there) and doesn't take all day to make. But missing the tastes of home, that I understand.