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Holiday Gifts: Panettone, Stollen & More

Panettone & StollenCakes 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.

TELL US: What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

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5 Responses to “Holiday Gifts: Panettone, Stollen & More”

  1. June
    December 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    I am fatally allergic to eggs and bananas. I have to not only check ingredients all of the time, but I have to also be careful that products are not made on equipment shared with these (although labels never mention equipment shared with bananas because that is not a nationally recognized allergen). Any idea if you carry a stollen or a panetone that is safe for me?

    Thank you.

  2. Andy
    December 10, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    Favorite holiday dessert : Chestnut Cake – Heavenly!

  3. Jack
    December 11, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    Add Sticky Toffee Pudding to your British Treats List…and you’ve got a winner!

    December 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    When will I be able to order online and get home delivery?

    • Christine Porretta
      December 17, 2011 at 3:04 am #

      We’re excited to announce that our online store Fairway Marketplace launched this week. You’ll find a range of our specialty foods, private-label items, gift baskets, and more. Check it out:

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