Cakes and candies are as much a welcomed part of the holiday season as snowflakes. And Fairway wouldn’t be LIKE NO OTHER MARKET® if we didn’t offer festive global flavors. Right now, our stores are full of traditional Italian Panettone and German Stollen, along with an assortment of British treats our Specialty Department brought in that will put the jolly in your holidays. These are once-a-year desserts we get seriously excited about, especially since these classic cakes make great gifts, too.
Stollen Brings Cheer
Nothing says Christmas like Stollen: dense fruitcake laced with citrus zest, raisins, nuts, and spice. Historians trace Stollen back to the year 1400 in Dresden, Germany. By 1560, it was tradition that the local bakers gift Saxony’s king with two 36-pound Stollens each Christmas. It took no less than eight master bakers and eight journeymen to bake the breads and deliver them safely to the palace.
Fast forward several centuries to now. The Stollen sold at Fairway is baked with perfectionism, love, and care. A thick slice with a cup of tea makes a great breakfast, afternoon snack, surreptitious nibble, or satisfying dessert. Other Stollen may have a bad rap for being as hard and tasty as a rock. Let us change your mind! Good Stollen is lavishly moist and heady, a revelation. Rum-soaked fruits bound together with rich, yeasty cake: It’s worth waiting and even journeying for. The Dresdinites celebrate the arrival of Stollen season every year at the Stollenfest, an extravaganza marked by parading around a two-ton Stollen. We think they’re onto something.
The Pure Pleasure of Panettone
Panettone is the airier, dome-shaped distant, Italian cousin of Stollen. The utter splendor of Panettone is one of life’s great surprises. It looks unassuming, but its taste is mysteriously, inarguably incredible. Panettone hails from Milan, where Italians have been baking and eating Panettone to ring in Christmas for countless well-fed generations. This tall cake will fill a void in your life you didn’t know was there. Raisiny and fabulously fluffy, Panettone is equally delicious fresh or popped in the oven for warm toastiness. The dough gets cured and proofed over the course of several days, which gives the final product exquisite lightness. Keep it in your kitchen and watch it quickly disappear.
Great British Finds
Last, but certainly not least, Fairway Market is thrilled to carry a laundry list of nifty British holiday treats. Robertson’s makes mincemeat ready for your pies — just fill up a pie crust, bake, and dive in. Matthew Walker Rum and Brandy Pudding is made with cider, sherry, brandy, rum, and spirit-marinated raisins and currants. It tastes of the very essence of a cozy winter night. Cadbury’s chocolate roses make gorgeous gifts. British chocolates are creamier than their American counterparts. They’re individually wrapped and hard to stop unwrapping. After all, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love roses and chocolate!
Soon, these holiday staples will be mere memory, so indulge now. Or you’ll have to wait a long year to savor them again.
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