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Lighting Candles on Christmas

Italian yule log cakes, at least in these parts, are generally landscaped with lightweight folds of marzipan mountains and little marzipan cottages, with molded sugar pine trees. My parents, with my dissertation topic in mind, commissioned our local pasticceria to make a Christmas cake with a windmill on it. The shop rose to the challenge, created a towering windmill out of chocolate, its sturdy foundations running deep into the boozy, fluffy bedrock of cake. It was lovely.

We don't have a menorah here, but we've set out candles on the balcony again, burning out their waxy tenures in the tranquil darkness of the first night of Hannukah and Christmas Day Eve.


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Dec. 25th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Wow! Itallian sweets are the best in the universe! I have some nice Panforte here :)

Happy Christmannukaholidays!
Dec. 26th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I particularly like panettone - it has the general flavor of fruitcake, but is so much lighter and fluffier and easier to eat at all times of day. Pan d'oro with mascarpone and mostarda is amazing too.
Dec. 26th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
wow! what a cake!! :) that sounds lovely. it looks like B and I will be heading to Italy to visit my folks when they are they in September - fingers crossed. hope so.

happy holidays!
Dec. 26th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Hopefully I can make use of some of C.'s photos to show you what it looks like. We hadn't yet gotten replacement batteries for my camera at that point. I hope you make it over here! Visiting parents certainly makes it easier.
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