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Frog Hollow Christmas cake and 4 Rulli Pannetones


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Frog Hollow Christmas cake and 4 Rulli Pannetones

Krys Stanley | Dec 19, 2004 06:48 PM

They left out the word "fruit", however, Frog Hollow's Christmas cake is a dark fruit cake.

To give you an idea, ingrediants in order of quantity are butter, rum, flour ... this really produces quite a buzz.

It is wrapped in rum soaked cheesecloth and very moist due to the ... rum. There is also flour, eggs, molasses, dried peaches, dried cherries, candied orange peel, sugar, walnuts, baking soda and salt. Most of it organic. But don't worry, they don't get it the way of the rum.

Not sure if I'd recommend it or order it again. A nice dollop of creme fraiche would probably tone down the ... rum. Given that, a few friends ate the whole thing in one sitting. We were filled with holiday spirit afterwards.

I've tried three of the four Rulli pannetones. I'm going to have La Veneziana type on Christmas.

The Milanese (traditional pannetone) and Genovese (denser, more scone like in texture) are available all year.

The Paradiso Is the Milanese with shavings of chocolate throughout. It was the best in my opinion. My finace, who is not really a hound, but has potential, was not shy about scrarfing this down. He did leave me a tiny last piece which I threw into the microwave for a few seconds ... it really upped the taste significantly by bringing out an extra butteriness and melting the chocolate.

Given all that, I'm not wild about Rulli's pannetones. They probably are the best local version. On the plus side ... and this is really a big plus ... the candied orange peel is beyond edible. It is wonderful. I have detested all candied fruit until trying this.

Here's the link to Rulli with a better description of the pannetones and holiday desserts.



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