: It's Official...Christmas Has Arrived at this Ocean County, NJ Home!

It's Official...Christmas Has Arrived at this Ocean County, NJ Home!


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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Laura Giannotta



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Comment balloon 7 commentsLaura Giannotta • December 21 2008 10:25AM


Hi Laura:

Sounds delicious...I was looking for the recipe at the end of the post!!!

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Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

Laura, it sounds and looks wonderful! I've got to agree with Toula above~recipe??? If I can put it in a bowl, add water, place in microwave...I could do it! Have a Merry Christmas! Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago


Nothing beats the smells of holiday baking......yesterday my wife Beverly baked all day......I think I added a few pounds just through the nose.....LOL

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 10 years ago

Sounds like one of those traditional things that make the holidays complete!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

Morning Laura,

You woke up my taste buds early this morning. I have never had nor heard of the delight, but sure will ask about it when we get home.

Merry Christmas.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Toula  I usually buy it, never tastes as good when I make it!

Deb  Unfortunately, that's all I have time for but I am a pretty good cook!

Dan  Shhh, we don't talk about lbs this time of year!

William  Absolutely!

Hal  It's kind of like an Italian Fruit Cake, but good!  LOL

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  Here's to a prosperous New Year!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 10 years ago

Well, now you can get on with the rest of the celebration. Have a Merry Christmas!

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago