Panettone: A Delicious Italian Christmas Tradition

So, what is Panettone? Panettone is a type of Italian cake that is often served around Christmastime as part of the traditional holiday meal. It’s made with yeast dough and usually contains raisins, candied orange peel, lemon zest, and rum-soaked raisins. There are many variations of panettone, but most include at least some combination of these ingredients.

Panettone is typically eaten as a dessert throughout the Christmas season. It can be served as a main course or appetiser, but is most commonly enjoyed after dinner with coffee or tea.

The Origin Of Panettone​

The origin of Panettone, Italy’s typical Christmas cake is a sort of an enigma.

According to various sources it could come from “Toni’s Bread” which was named after Toni (a scullion at the service of Ludovico il Moro) who burned sweet bread intended for his master ‘expensive feast’ without realising what he had done and then naming this accidental creation “Pan de Toni”.

Toni decided then to knead some leftover yeast with flour, eggs, sugar and raisins. He obtained – for the first time in history – a soft and leavened cake that still today Italians love to eat during Christmas times!

It’s possible its true origin dates back centuries ago when people would celebrate Christmas by eating richer foods than their usual diet while they were fasting through Lent (the 40-day period leading up until Easter).

This is just one of the many legends surrounding this delicious cake. 

The true origin of the Panettone probably dates back to Middle Ages, when people  would celebrate Christmas with richer bread than what they normally ate.

How to serve

Panettone is usually served with sweet hot beverages or wine such as Asti and Moscato d’Asti. In some parts of Italy though you can get your hands on this amazing delicacy otherwise known as “crema di mascarpone”, a delicious cream made from the mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sometimes candied fruit for added sweetness it’s typically garnished by drizzling amaretto on top to create an unforgettable dessert experience!


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