Italian Christmas Cake with Balsamic Cream and Sour Cherries
Ho, ho, ho! Babbo Natale has a new yuletide creation from Acetaia Leonardi in his sleigh: Balsamic Panettone with Sour Cherries. Slice into this pillowy, brioche-like dome to discover pockets of sweet and tart balsamic cream and juicy, sour cherries. Packaged in a cheery red box decorated with gold designs and tied with a festive bow, this traditional Italian Christmas cake is ready for gifting or tucking directly under the tree.
Enjoy this true Italian artisan tradition after the Christmas meal with a glass of dessert wine or some bubbly. Easily savored next to dishes of mixed nuts, dried fruit, torrone and other holiday confections. Warm it up in the oven on high temp for a few minutes and serve with crème anglaise or fresh cream whisked with mascarpone.
About the Producer
There are over 300 producers of balsamic vinegar in Modena, but the Leonardi family is truly special. They have been making balsamic vinegar since 1871 and are still one of the few producers to own the land where the grapes grow. Four generations in, the Leonardi family is still making this prized elixir using traditional methods, such as cooking the Lambrusco and Trebbiano grape must in a copper cauldron and aging the vinegar in specific kinds of wooden barrels. The result is a perfectly balanced vinegar worthy of the name balsamico.