Beach Cottage Easy Coastal Christmas Dessert Cake Recipe
Mon 5th, Dec, 2011
G’day lovely Beach Cottage Gals! I have a Coastal Christmas dessert recipe for you, though you certainly don’t need to be by the coast for this…
How you cooking this fine Monday? In Australia today, the Eastern seaboard is having the coldest start to summer in 51 years, or so the weather man says…my bare feet are agreeing with that right now…
So, wanna world famous Too Easy Beach Cottage Recipe…not quite a Dump & Go, more like a slice and go? Do you like very super Too Easy Christmas Desserts? I know I do!
This can hardly be called a recipe if you really sit down and examine it, this is more a gathering of ingredients and a putting them back together for a Christmas dessert to make one look like a super goddess of all things domestic without any effort. Just how I like it.
I first had Panettone when I worked in the West End of London (the area I worked in was where all the Italian deli’s and restaurants were)…and all the shops would have all manner of things hanging off their awnings all through the year, and come Christmas the shops were fully loaded with Panettone. It quickly became one of my favourite things to buy and savour and in those days, really, you only saw it at Christmas, and I loved it when it hit the shops…bundling up in the cold London streets, bustling into one of the deli’s and choosing which Panettone to spend my hard-earned cash on and then walking along with that lovely box of delight with the little fabric handle, swinging in the wind.
There are few things better in life than a morning coffee and a slice of this stuff, which is one of the reasons I make the excuse again and again to make this, so I can use the leftovers toasted with my coffee…. But saying that, it’s even better dressed up and on your Christmas dinner table.
The first time I came across Panettone as a Christmas dessert on the dinner table was one year, I went to a Christmas dinner at a friends house and after a big, long, delicious and lovely feast, one of these, quietly but expertly placed on a cake stand and dusted liberally with icing sugar came out and was the most elegant and perfect post-feast delight.
It was then that I saw Panettone in an all new light. A light that meant I could, at Christmas time, or any other time for that matter, serve up a lovely cakey Christmas dessert that wowed in its presentation but, for its creator, there would be little fuss and palaver.
I always look forward to Christmas dinner, whether than means it’s eaten in a cold climate with snow on the ground and walking to the pub in a scarf or, more likely nowadays, a coastal Christmas, wearing flip flops, hitting the beach and floating about on the deck…but with that, almost untouchable thought of happy times though, I know that for us women the actual reality of cooking and planning the thing can be just another job to add to the never-ending list of jobs that turns Christmas joy and happy festive days into more like a nightmare whereupon by the time it is all over you collapse in a crumpled heap on the sofa, topped with a paper party hat.
So this is my Coastal Christmas dessert that might help with that, it suits a warm Christmas occasion beautifully, though to be honest, I made this in England in the dark days of Winter too…I think desserts are one area that Christmas entertaining, whatever the climate overlaps…who doesn’t like a cake laden with cream and topped with fruit?
And this is the one thing that you can have up your sleeve at this time of year, to keep you from that crumpled woman in the corner watching everyone else have fun…I love the glorious amalgamation of cream and Christmas Cake from Italy, topped with jewels and nodding, in all it’s white heaven to Christmas red…the purrfect Christmas dessert!
For this you will need two main ingredients…Panettone and cream. Plus something pretty to go on top & something to soak it in.
Beach Cottage Coastal Christmas Panettone Delight
1 medium Panettone cake
1 carton cream (suitable for whipping) (600ml)
1 x punnet fruit (anything goes, I like raspberries & strawberries)
sparkly bits to dress it up
6 tbsp sherry or cordial
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 x small bar chocolate (milk or dark)
1. Remove your Panettone from its lovely box
2. Carefully remove the waxy wrapper on the cake (this is the most fiddly bit of this, do not be impatient…slow & easy is the way here or it will tear up and the cake will fall about all over the show …you don’t want that)
3. Now slice the bottom part of your cake into 3 big slices, leaving the domed top part for your morning coffee ;-)
4. Now whip up your cream, together with the sugar
until it hold soft peaks in a bowl
5. Now you start making a Panettone sandwich …on each slice drizzle some sherry (or cordial if you are using it)….you just need a small amount so it isn’t too sodden…then spread each sandwich layer with some of the whipped cream and cover the whole top of the tower of Panettone slices with the cream…I like to splodge some down the sides too
6. decorate the top of your cake with the raspberries or fruit of choice
7. randomly place them and then add sparkly bits
and grate over your chocolate
BC Christmas desserts Notes* you can leave the sugar out of the cream, or adjust accordingly to your sweet (or not) tooth * use any sparkly bits you have, I used silver buttons * I prefer milk chocolate but the foodies will tell you it’s Green & Blacks all the way *you can use half the cream for a less decadent affair *for this I use a middle of the road in terms of price Panettone for other occasions I splurge :-) …you don’t need that here *you can omit the sherry / cordial if you don’t like that, in fact I often do as my kids aren’t (obviously) big on alcohol in their dessert…if you do this it will be slightly drier, but just as nice !
I hope you try it, it’s lovely, it can tick Christmas Dessert off of that long and stressy list that may be piling up in the back of your mind and if you are savvy with your shopping you can get everything in and ready now….let me know if you make it
That’s it from me from the beaches…see you soon lovelies…here’s to Christmas and sparklies
See you later