I know, the holidays are practically over and we've got only New Year's left this week. If you haven't had Panettone this past weekend though, you should go get one. I have tried many over the years but this is the first time we've bought Panettone at Trader Joe's and it has been a very pleasant experience! The taste and texture is just perfect. Though we don't really celebrate Christmas, and by no means do I have any Italian roots, Panettone is my dessert of choice for family gatherings - among homemade goodies of course (mostly Russian).
Like many store bought Panettone you might have seen, it comes in a square-ish box with a little handle on top. It is perfect for bringing to a party or get-together. For those on a budget, the $4.99 price tag for the Trader Joe's Panettone is affordable as well. What about the size? It isn't huge, but I would say enough for 4 to 8 people, or even more if it is not the only dessert on the table. I'll be honest, if I am hungry I could eat half of it all by myself! I usually stick to a quarter though just to be modest :) If it is just the two of us, my husband eats a quarter and then we devour the other half on the next day.
As for taste, you will not regret trying it! It is buttery, yet crumbly. Sweet, yet balanced. With just the right amount of Sultana raisins and candied orange peels. A hint of vanilla. I was a little disappointed with the ingredients, I think they could have done just fine without glucose-fructose syrup. Can we just stick to cane sugar, or honey, or agave please? It will not make me stop eating it though! Oh, just to warn you - this is not for those on a diet. Eleven grams of fat in just one ninth of the cake (sure doesn't taste like it). With butter as the third ingredient, I think you're better off with something like OIKOS Greek Yogurt for dessert. If you are trying to gain weight though like I am, this is just the right thing!
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