More mail from Bakery Bits today (I split my parcels down to avoid excessive courier charges) including Aroma Pannetone and some of that crunchy pearl sugar…
I may never make Pannetone. I may. Perhaps. Whether I do or not, I am fascinated by the essence and its blend of citrus flavours and vanilla. I want to play with it, though it may only end up in a tea cake or a Chelsea Bun, or a sponge cake… my vision still requires me to obtain that whole candied peel that I have been seeking but fruitlessly (ah, punny!) and the stoned Muscatel raisins.
Today I am very busy in the kitchen. I have a Focaccia rising for our pasta lunch. I am short of white bread flour so this version is being made with some Pepper and Basil flour that I had to hand. A probable error, as I have fresh rosemary in the house and a plain Focaccia would have been wonderful.
There is a Maslin pan on the stove, softening a kilo and a half of onions – more on that later.
I have yet to make up my pastry mix for tomorrow’s mince pies.
All this, and yet I still hope to make a malt loaf for tea.
Wish me luck!