Panettone is normally eaten at Christmas time. The origins of the cake appear to be ancient possibly dating back to the Roman Empire. However of all the varied legends, all of them have a common theme and that is that the Panettone originated from Milan. One legend states that it was invented in the 15th century by an apprentice pastry chef named Toni. When the dough didn’t rise, he added butter and the sweet ingredients and served it as a new type of bread/cake – hence the name ‘pan de Toni.’
This cake is very light in texture, it is like a sweet bread with candied orange, citron and lemon zest as well as raisins through it. it is normally in a large dome shape. You can however buy other variations with chocolate through it or just plain. It is often served with mascarpone (a type of cream) or you can have it with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream if you prefer. It tastes lovely when sliced and toasted.
The most famous producers were Motta, Bauli, Loison Pasticceri, Alemagna and Tre Marie.