Gluten Free Panettone

You have to hand it to the Italians. Not only are they kings of gluten free products, they do it in some serious style. Take this gluten free panettone, for example. The panettone is a traditional Christmas cake from northern Italy. It’s a type of very light, sweet bread which is baked into a cupola shape.

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I seemed such a crime to unwrap it from it’s beautiful packaging.

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But I’m so glad I did. When I carefully slipped it out of its packaging, I was immediately greeted by the delicious and intense aroma of lemons and oranges. Wow, what a scent. For a moment I could have sworn I was sitting on a sunny veranda overlooking the sea with lemons trees and the sound of cicadas chirping all around. But no, wintery London it was.

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This gluten free panettone had a very light and almost fluffy texture with a delicate citrus flavour and enough, but not too many, juicy raisins. Having eaten a second slice, I found myself picking up each and every crumb from the plate. I liked it. A lot.

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Many thanks to Elena at K+E Fine Imports who very generously sent this to me. Next Christmas, I shall be making a bulk purchase of these fantastic panettone to share with friends and family. If I don’t eat them all first, that is.

Buon Natale!

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