It’s Christmas at my house! My first piece of Panetonne with coffee this morning made it official!
Panettone has become a national symbol of the Italian Christmas. Panettone originated in Milan in the 15th Century. There are many stories of how it came about. One example is that a certain Toni, a Milanese baker in the service of the Duke of Milan, invented the panettone which was called ‘pan de Toni’, or Toni’s Bread, in his honor.
The truth is it began as a simple bread made by Milan’s country farmers who used the few resources available to them to improve the flavor and appeal of their daily fare (in this case they added raisins).
Actually, the addition of raisins to bread began in ancient Rome. Historians note a bread made of rye and stuffed with raisins was popular as a dessert in Rome.
Panetonne became popular outside of Milan in the late 18th Century. Made with wheat flour, butter, eggs, sugar, raisins and sometimes candied fruit, Panetonne has become an Italian Christmas staple. It’s sweet, light and wonderful!
I have it for dessert, for breakfast or cut up in bread pudding! Boun Natale (Merry Christmas), I’m going for another piece!
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