When the sign-up email came for an international dish for his grade's holiday celebration, Riley didn't miss a beat: "Italy. Mom, let's make panettone. You can make panettone, right?!"
"I guess so." [In my head: It's less than $10 as Trader Joe's!] "How about I help you make it?" I suggested.
He agreed. So, I set out looking for a panettone recipe. I looked at one labeled 'easy' and instantly doubted its authenticity. How can you make that delicious, fluffy goodness in three hours total? Then I looked up one that was labeled 'authentic' and it required a week of pre-ferment and that I make a poolish. I only had two days and what is a poolish?
I decided to create our own version. No surprise there. It's somewhere between a Buttery Brioche and a Pane di Pasqua. And I only thought we were going to buy dried fruits for it. Riley informed me, as we were leaving to pick up ingredients, that we were going to candy our own citrus. He selected kumquats, grapefruit, and limes. We did purchase raisins. Phew.
I am proud of Riley. He made this almost completely by himself. There are many, many steps. But it is worth it. Click each header to go to the original post.