The legend of the Italian Panettone

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Panettone with almonds  – photo by waoo.it

The legend says that on Christmas Eve, the Duke Ludovico il Moro, Lord of Milan, decided to organize a big party in his court.

For that occasion, the head of the kitchen made a special sweet, but before serving the cake, he realized that the dessert was burned while cooking… panic seized the entire kitchen! One of the kitchen garbage boy, Toni, proposed a cake he had made for itself in the morning, using ingredients left over from the preparation of the day before.

Panettone
Panettone – photo by trendylife.it

The head Chef, without any other possibilities, he decided to take the risk, serving the only available dessert. An unusual “sweet bread” was offered to the guests of the Duke, it was perfumed with candied fruit and butter, with a well-burnished dome and… incredibly, all the guest loved the cake, and all of them asked  the owner to know the name and the author of this extraordinary sweet bread. Toni came forward saying that he had not yet given any name.

Italian Panettone
Italian Panettone – photo by backpackerlee.wordpress.com

The Duke decided to call the cake with the name of its creator, and since that time everyone eat and celebrate with the “bread of Toni”, Panettone, now famous worldwide.

Panettone - photo by outletdolciario.it
Panettone – photo by outletdolciario.it

As usual, now you can find the Panettone not only in the original version, but also decorated with chocolate, fruits, ice cream and everything you want!

Stuffed panettone - photo by intotheglamur.com
Stuffed panettone – photo by intotheglamur.com

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