Kids recipe: Make a Pandoro Christmas Tree
This Pandoro Christmas Tree comes courtesy of Cici Coco, the Italian cookery specialists who won my very first Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Local Producer in 2012. Since then owner Giuliana has branched out into cookery courses in Oxon, Bucks and Berks (check out the dates of the latest courses here – she’s doing gift vouchers if you’re stuck for Xmas pressies) and she’s absolutely brilliant.
OK. Uutensils and emergency slugs of wine at the ready? Then let’s do this.
‘CiCi CoCo’ in Italian means ‘things that go well together’. Christmas and family are the ever-perfect combination and this recipe will suit every age. We’re going to use pandoro in this recipe – pandoro and panettone are the most traditional Christmas cakes in Italy and they really split the opinion of the Italians, but Pandoro is always a children’s’ favourite. Buy the best you ca in your local Italian Deli.
250g mascarpone cheese
300ml whipping cream
Zest of 1 orange finely grated
2tbsp orange juice
80g icing sugar plus 10g for dusting
Chocolate stars or other chocolate decorations
Blueberries or candied cherries
For the mascarpone cream
In a large bowl mix the mascarpone, the orange zest and the orange juice with a wire whisk until smooth. In a separate bowl start working the cream with an electric whisk; when the cream is starting to thicken add the icing sugar a little at the time and keep whisking until it is nice and fluffy. Add the cream to the mascarpone and with a spatula gently fold and blend them.
Slice the Pandoro into 6 horizontal slices and start spreading the cream on the bottom slice. Add the next slice making sure the points of the star do not overlap. Keep spreading the cream on every layer until all the pandoro is used. You are now ready to decorate your Pandoro tree.
With the help of a teaspoon add a blob of cream at the end of each star point and on top of the tree (if you are really expert you can use a sac à poche). Use chocolate stars and blueberries to make your Pandoro Christmas tree. Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!