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Panettone, Stollen, and Fruit Cake

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Floydm

Panettone, Stollen, and Fruit Cake

We had the buttermilk rolls on the Thanksgiving table. They were wonderful.

I'm trying to finish our can of coffee as quickly as I can so that I can use it to try baking a Panettone. In the meantime, I'll probably bake another batch or two of stollen and some of my family's Christmas cookies.

We going to visit family in Texas in a couple of weeks. Supposedly Texas is where fruit cake originated. I may have to pick up a couple of authentic Texas fruit cakes while I am there. If anyone knows of a particularly good place to get fruit cake from, please let me know.

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Doxy

If you're anywhere around Corsicana, you'll probably want to stop in at the Collin Street Bakery. That's probably one of the best known fruit cake places.

http://www.collinstreet.com/

Donna

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Floydm

We'll be in North Dallas, so, yeah, we'll be in driving distance of Corsicana. If we have time for a day trip, we'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Any other bakeries in the area you'd recommend?

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Doxy

If you're in Dallas, that's not too bad a drive. IIRC, the town is also known for their pecans, though I could be misremembering.

For fruit cake, CSB is really your best bet, I think. I'm not a big fruit cake fan, but I remember stopping in there on the way to east Texas to pick one up.

Dallas has some good restaurants. I lived there for 17 years before moving to Waco a couple of years ago, and I miss the variety. Pretty big selection in bakeries, too, though I didn't visit too many of them. La Madeleine is the one that I always think about, but there are a ton of others.

Donna

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Floydm

My in-laws, who live in Dallas, are big foodies and love eating out. They always try to get us to do so too, both when we visit them in Texas and when they visit us in Oregon. I am, if anything, a restaurant-phobe, and would much prefer a small, comfortable home-cooked meal to an elaborate meal out: give me a good loaf of bread, some cheese or fruit, a bowl of soup or a sausage, and a decent 6 dollar bottle of wine, and I am in bliss. Needless to say, we don't always see eye-to-eye.

I will definitely keep an eye out for bakeries while I am there.

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timtune

Floyd,
About the coffee cans and and pannetone, do u place the coffee cans in the oven too or line it with paper to shape the pannetone? I'm considering making pannetones, but just can't seem to figure out making the shape without the molds... %-|

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Floydm

I'm inclined to line a coffee can with parchment and put the whole thing in the oven, but I haven't tried it yet.

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breadnut

I have to agree with Doxy that Collin Street Bakery is probably one of the better bakeries out there. They actually ship all over. I used to order their cakes and have them delivered to LA, NY and Montreal. Really the finest. A must try if you're there.