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Panettone has always been a holiday tradition in my house, and today my recipe gets an update with Craisins® Dried Cranberries available in variety of flavors.
Edna Ferber remarked that “Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling,” a quote that I think cuts to the spirit of the season, so much so that it’s almost as if “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful,” as Norman Vincent Peale put it.
You see, I’ve always felt that just as each character and event in a novel has their own trademark, such as the nearsighted wizard and his lightning bolt scar, or how the changes in the air prophesized a continent wide war for a ring, that each season bears its own heralds as well. It is perhaps for this reason that winter bears the aura of ‘Christmas’ as its foremost trait. Without looking at a calendar, or feeling the chill in the air, the holiday season makes itself known. Whether it’s the softer, more reserved cheer of being with friends and family, or the memories of such, or the deliberate ‘spirit’ of seasonal merriment spread across the store windows, or life set against the backdrop of our favorite holiday tune, or the traditions that both create and frame our memories, these are what ‘announce’ the season to us each year.
In my family, the aroma of freshly baked panettone was as much as herald of the season as well as indoor evergreens strung with electrical lights. Whether forming a delicious addition to the dessert table, or serving as a morning loaf with coffee, or wrapped as gifts, they were an ever-present part of our holiday, and yet for the past few years, I will admit I have allowed the tradition to the fall by the wayside.
Strangely enough, it was the idea of giving them as gifts that got me back into making these. You see, I was picking up holiday supplies at Walmart when I saw a display of the typical Holiday Panettones wrapped in their red Christmas boxes, which were copiously decorated with gold lettering and bows, and naturally I could not help thinking of the loaves I used to make by hand. I was still under the spell of those memories when I came across Cherry-flavored Craisins® dried cranberries and Craisins® Dried Cranberries in the dried fruit aisle, and decided it was time to pick the tradition back up. I just knew the Craisins® would add a perfect bit of ‘zing’ to the old family recipe.
Besides, there is always that one impossibly difficult-to-shop-for person on your gift list, and what better solution than a Panettone Christmas loaf? After all, prepared with dried citron, orange zest, lemon essence and Craisins® this loaf combines all of the season’s warmest and most inviting flavors.
What are some of your favorite holiday recipes and traditions? We would love to hear from you.
Complete the holiday season with Craisins® available in a variety of sizes and flavors to suit all your needs. From delicious desserts to wholesome snacking, just 1/4 cup of Craisins® provide 1/2 cup serving of fruit!
Enjoy with Love,