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Panettone with Gold and Diamonds to Celebrate Christmas

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diamond-panettoneThe most popular Christmas dessert in Italy is panettone, a tall cake made from flour, sugar, milk, eggs, fruit and raisins. You will see these for sale in every food shop in Italy throughout the holiday season. One type of panettone you won’t find everywhere is a gold-and-diamond version commissioned by a Russian businessman.

Pastry chef Dario Hartvig, owner of the Pasticceria del Borgo in Carmagnola, near Turin was tasked with baking a delicious panettone topped with edible gold leaf and ringed with a crown of diamonds.

Any guesses as to how much it cost? 80,000 euros (over $100,000)! For those who can’t quite afford that price tag, Hartvig also produces an 800-euro panettone with gold leaf and Swarovski crystals.

Or you can just spend a few bucks and get the traditional panettone!

Buon Natale!

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