07 – The Pope’s Pastry Chef
The scene is delicious. Creamy butter is scented with vanilla, then sugar is carefully whipped in a silver mixer. As the butter transforms into a light and airy texture, a heavenly scent zests the air. In the far corner, a pasticciere, pastry maker, donning a tall white chef’s hat carefully weighs out chopped candied orange that will be added to the batter. Another baker lays out rows of brown paper baking liners that will soon cradle the delicate batter. They’ll be baked into beautiful beauties called panettone, an Italian sweet bread. Follow me to Italy as Chef Salvatore tells me his story on how he first started baking cakes.