It’s getting close to Christmas…

and the supermarkets have Panettone and Pandoro on the shelves, happy days. They’re light, tall sponge cakes, with or without candied fruit, dusted in icing sugar and served in tall wedges usually with a mascarpone cream. They have the fruit content of traditional Mince Pies and Christmas Pudding, but minus the strong alcohol flavour.

Some love them (me!) and some hate them, but, they are versatile sponges – you could easily make a bread and butter pudding with the lovely sponge, or zuccotto, a layered desert with mascarpone, nuts, chocolate chips and a little vin santo (the Greedy Italians’ do a great recipe for this) or some pain perdu a.k.a. french toast.

Now I’m off to check reviews online and I’ll keep you updates on which ones I buy and eat.