Saturday, 30 March 2013

Italian Celebratory Breads

 What do you do when it's too cold out to garden?
Schiacciata di Uva
Make Italian celebratory breads of course!

This first is a Tuscan Harvest loaf with raisins and fresh black grapes. It has a lot in common with a pizza.

Panettone is a traditional Christmas cake - but we're making it for Easter.  It's exquisitely light.

The Crumb Shot

I'm taken with the look of this one before it was baked:

Ready for the Oven
Good for calories, and a way of bringing a little sunshine into a cold spring.


  1. Can you send me a slice of that panettone?

  2. I so wish I had the patience and ability to bake, those look amazingly scrummy mal. The only thing I've ever been able to bake was a Chocolate chip n banana cake but I lost the recipe :( There are loads of other recipes but this particular one was lovely.
    Maybe next time your driving along the A9 you could drop a slice in ;)


  3. That Schiacciata di Uva would be so much nicer if its name didn't remind me of "Sciatica" !

  4. Both look really great. Like the idea of pairing fresh and dried grapes, I'm going to give that a try, maybe in a salad. If you were so minded to post recipes for these I would not want to stand in your way!

    1. Hi Lee. The Schiacciata di Uva is Andrew Whitley's recipe and it's reproduced (with permission) at the following link:

      The Panettone is an adaptation of Dan Lepard's recipe - missing out any chocolate ingredients. He's published it here:

  5. Utterly splendid baking! I made the pastiera napoletana for the first time, both making and tasting, a grain and ricotta pie with orange flower water and Dan's panettone buns :)