I’ve actually been excited about making this Panettone since Dan Lepard’s recipe was published in The Guardian last Saturday. Seriously excited. We were doing early Christmas presents with some of Beloved’s family who used to live in Italy so obviously, perfect opportunity to make panettone. Here it is:

IMG_0475I made it with chocolate chips instead of raisins or candied peel (candied peel is pretty much the only food I don’t like) as I thought kids would prefer chocolate and I did mess up the topping a bit – I made the second of Dan Lepard’s recipes as well, for Brutti ma buoni cookies (ugly but good) and clearly didn’t leave enough egg white to use for the panettone topping. Not that it mattered, this panettone is absolutely fantastic! So much better than shop bought, I’d urge all panettone lovers to make immediately. It’s very easy and so very satisfying (the eating).

And the cookies, they came out pretty good too – they aren’t the best looking but they taste very good – ground and chopped hazelnuts, ground almonds, bit of vanilla, cocoa and a whole load of egg whites:

IMG_0474Photos not very nice, daylight was going. I might try to take more tomorrow.


One a day cookies


Just caught up with a friend I haven’t seen for a while so took her some cookies – these are ‘One a day’ from Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet and really good. Pretty healthy with oats, apple, sunflower seeds and wholemeal flour. Posting recipe as my quantities were a little off from the one in the book:

Heat the oven to 160 C and line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper. Cream 120g softened butter and 100g soft brown sugar (I used dark), then mix in 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until combined. On a slower speed, add 100g wholemeal flour, 1 grated apple (around 120g), 100g oats and 150g sunflower seeds, lightly toasted first. Take a heaped tablespoon of the mix and place on the tray, flatten lightly then bake for 12 minutes, until slightly brown around the edges. These cookies are not overly sweet – Dan’s recipe had 100g caster sugar instead of apple (he recommended apple for a slightly healthier version) but the apple also makes them softer. You can use pumpkin or hemp seeds instead or chopped nuts I suppose. I don’t  think they will be ‘one a day’ though, more like gone in seconds.