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Butter Celebrates with Christmas Panettone, a Canadian Blog Hop and Giveaway

I've been excited about this day for a while now, because #ButterBakedBloggers are back with something new! There's a fresh cookbook bringing together everything sweet and butter-baked about holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Butter Celebrates! A Year of Sweet Recipes to Share with Family and Friends is the second Butter cookbook by Rosie Daykin, best-selling author and owner of Vancouver's Butter Baked Goods Bakery.

I am reviewing this tasty Canadian cookbook along with a great group of food bloggers across the country, as we all test out different recipes from Butter Celebrates and share our pictures and thoughts. After reading about my Panettone baking experience below, be sure to visit these talented bloggers at the links listed to see what recipes they've tried out from Butter Celebrates. Be sure to enter the #ButterBakedBloggers Giveaway below too, it's a goodie!

After reviewing Daykin's first cookbook Butter Baked Goods last year and getting to know many Butter recipes that I now make regularly, I was thrilled to hear that there was a brand new Butter cookbook being released just in time for the holidays this year.

In fact, it's released just in time for all the holidays. The theme of Butter Celebrates focusing around making the most of all kinds of celebrations, be they the big ones like Christmas and New Years, or the little ones like welcoming a new neighbour or even throwing a doggie birthday party (dog-friend treat recipes!).

And if that's not enough, there's a helpful selection of recipes for staple dessert items like pastry crusts, frosting and butter creams, along with lists of ingredients to stock your pantry and all the fun gadgets and things you need in your kitchen to bake like a champion.

Butter Celebrates is a welcoming and approachable book for a wide variety of baking levels, accompanied by dessert photography so pretty you'll want to show it off on a coffee table and recipes so good you won't be able to keep it out of the kitchen. Go buy this cookbook for yourself or someone you love as a gift immediately, and enjoy celebratory goodies all year long.

Making Christmas Panettone for the first time with Butter Celebrates

When I think of panettone, I think of Christmas mornings with my husband and son, as every year I buy a boxed panettone that goes under the tree, we pop it open and snack on slices spread with butter while we open presents.

Panettone is a classic Italian sweet bread, originally from Milan and sold all over the world, especially during the festive season and New Years. Panettone literally means "Big Bread" in Italian, known for its tall 'cupola' shape - a round cylinder of puffy bread baking up to 15 cm high with a golden-brown dome, that cuts into huge, holiday-worthy slices and makes holiday-worthy french toast and bread pudding.

Growing up in an area of Ontario with a large Italian community, for me panettone was always part of the excitement of the holidays, seeing the local store shelves filling up with gold-embossed boxes and gift-wrapped packages tied with ribbons and filled with that giant-sized pull-apart egg-y bread studded with dried fruit and citrus peel - festive on the outside and the inside.

But to make that signature mile-high sweet bread at home? Like... in my own crappy old oven, from scratch?! I had never even thought to try, or dared to hope I could. But the easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipe in Butter Celebrates convinced me it could be done, it should be done and this year it will be my homemade panettone that we're munching on while we open presents on Christmas morning.

It turns out I can, indeed, make panettone from scratch - thanks to Butter Celebrates! My dough rose tall and true to the very tops of the paper molds, and I was stoked to reach a height of 15 cm on my first try. The flavour of the bread is great, not too sweet with a tender, chewy crumb, filled with dried cranberries, sour cherries and candied citrus.

So festive and fun, I can't wait to make more. The cookbook has a great tip about taking a loaf of homemade Christmas Panettone (wrapped all fancy, of course) along with a bottle of maple syrup as a gift for the hosts of holiday parties.

Butter Baked Bloggers Unite! Who we are and what we made...

The food bloggers taking part in this Butter Celebrates blog hop and giveaway come from across Canada, and no matter the focus of our food blogs, we're all joined in a love of things buttery, sweet and satisfying.

All our blog posts go live together on Wednesday, November 25, so check out the links below to see what kinds of celebratory treats we all made from the new Butter Celebrates cookbook.

Check out the hashtags #ButterCelebratesBlogHop and #ButterBakedBloggers on Twitter and Instagram for more pictures and links from across the country.

Blog Hop Giveaway for Butter Celebrates!

Enter by commenting below and sharing your family's favourite celebration breakfast treat, or any thoughts you have on the new Butter Celebrates cookbook. Then sign in using the Rafflecopter entry below to log your entry in the giveaway (email address used only to contact winner), and get to know us all a little better on social media to earn extra entries. You can enter the contest on each of our blogs to increase your chances to win, so follow those links above after you enter below.

One lucky will win an autographed copy of the new Butter Celebrates! cookbook signed by author Rosie Daykin, along with a delicious box of goodies mailed to your door straight from the Butter Baked Goods bakery in Vancouver. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Prize value is approximately $125. The giveaway is open to residents of legal age in the province or territory in which you reside, void in Quebec. Contest will run for one week starting 12:01am November 25th and ends Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:59pm.


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Disclosure: A big thank you to Random House Canada for providing me with a copy of Butter Celebrates! for review. All opinions are my own.

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