Showing posts from December, 2020

Making Homemade Panettone

Panettone is an Italian type of sweet bread originally from Milan which is usually prepared and eaten in Italy at Christmas and New Year and are one of those sold cakes throughout Italy.  It has a cupola shape which extends from a cylindrical base that is traditionally about 12 to 15cm high and it should weigh around 1kg. It is made using a long process. It contains candied orange and lemon and citrus zest, as well as raisins, making it look like it is studded with jewels. Many other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate or nuts. A panettone is served in wedged slices and is usually enjoyed with hot drinks or with sweet Italian wines.  The panettone has a light and airy texture with a rich and buttery taste and is only slightly sweetened with sugar. In Italy the panettone comes with a varied history.  The word "panettone" derives from the Italian word "panetto" meaning a small loaf cake and the origins of this cake are said to be ancient dating ba

A Zoom Sicilian Christmas with Villa Britannia Taormina

We are living in strange times at the moment and this year many of us have been separated from our loved ones and friends all around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. We decided to be responsible people and keep safe and stay home in the UK. We had to make the heart breaking decision to cancel both our spring and autumn road trips home to Sicily with our dog Daisy and then sadly all my summer flights were cancelled, so we have been trying to keep Sicily in our hearts in many ways and our lovely friends Louisa and Marco at Villa Britannia in Taormina have been keeping spirits high with their amazing Zoom Cookery Classes. Just to remind you how we met ... Louisa and Marco own the gorgeous Villa Britannia in central Taormina set in a peaceful and tranquil location. Villa Britannia is a small and exclusive boutique B&B with two gorgeous suites. Our English friend Teresa who lives in our town introduced us to Louisa and Marco. Teresa's son is best friends with Marco and the