Well, I thought I was preparing for Christmas well in advance but it turns out I wasn't.
I've been reading the BBA at lunch (as is generally my habit, to read cookbooks while I eat -- this is how I learned to cook in the first place) and came across Panettone recipe. I thought, what a great idea, I'll make this for my Christmas farmers' market. My customers would love that -- and I still have plenty of time to practice making it.
No such luck, of course. Having read closer, I realized that to follow PR's recipe I'd have to embark on a whole new adventure of getting involved with barm. As I said in my first post, I am still deathly afraid to try my hand at multiple-step doughs. Basically, it all boils down to my fear of using formulas and getting confused with math.
So I started looking for a tried and true panettone recipe that does not involve barm. My TFL search produced a number of threads (with plenty of beautiful pictures) but no recipes that would be a simpler one-step process. Someone mentioned Jim Lahey's slow-rise panettone recipe and I decided that I would like try that. Is there a recipe on line? I looked and looked but couldn't find it. If it exists, I would really appreciate a link. If it doesn't, is it in his new book?
Which brings up another question. Like so many others, I started baking thanks to Jim Lahey's no-knead bread. So I would really like to have his book. What's your opinion? Is it a book worth having?
I would be very grateful for any thoughts and suggestions.