Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bauducco's Panettone Specialty Cake

As you know by now, I participate in the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.  As part of this program Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received two  Bauducco's Panettone Specialty Cakes to work with.  Just from tasting a slice of each cake, one made with candied fruits and Sun Maid Raisins and the other made with Hershey's chocolate chips, I knew how good both would be sliced and toasted for a quick breakfast or snack.  But I wanted to do something just a bit different.  With the holiday seasons just around the corner, we will all be asking ourselves the question "What will I make to take that won't require too much of my time?"  I have the perfect answer.

Panettone Bourbon Cake!

In a sauce pan heat over medium high heat 1/2 cup bourbon (I used 2 mini bottles), 2 stick of butter, 1 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt.  Heat this to a boil and boil for 2 minutes or until the sugar is completely melted.  Place your Panettone with Candied Fruits and Sun Maid Raisins on a serving plate.  Using the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes into the cake and pour your bourbon glaze into the holes.  Douse the outside of your cake with the rest.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes before cutting.  This allows the glaze to set up and thicken a bit.  When slicing, use a serrated knife or even better an electric knife for a smoother cut.  Even if you aren't one who partakes of alcohol, don't worry.  The alcohol actually cooks out during the boiling so you will only have the buttery bourbon taste which is really delicious.  Guaranteed to be a hit at your next party!

Now, that takes care of the adults so lets create our Panettone Chocolate Chip cake.  This one has many possibilities that are sure to please the kids at any gathering.  Slice your cake into serving sizes and toast both sides.  This can easily be done by using the broiler in your oven...toast one side, turn over and toast the other.  You want the slices slightly toasted giving it a little crisp on the outsides.  When ready to serve, either serve cold with ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup or pop into the microwave to heat and then add ice cream and chocolate.  I must admit that eating it hot is better but not necessary when it comes to the kids.  They will love it either way.

Bauducco Panettone Specialty Cakes are so delicious.  Not too sweet.  Not really the texture of cake but more of a bread or croissant.  It's good sliced and toasted with a little butter or made into an elaborate dish that took no time to make.  Either way, serve it with a hot cup of Peet's Cafe Solano coffee and you have a real treat!

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