Panettone for miles. {A Milanese Tradition}

The Milanese love their Panettone. That is probably the understatement of the year!

Every time I go to the store, I see whole aisles devoted to Panettone- often jutting out into the walkway.

I’ve heard that people are very particular to “their” brand and type of Panettone. With candy, without candy. With chocolate, Without chocolate. With nuts, without nuts.

The options make me dizzy. Especially since I didn’t really know what they do with this sweet bread especially made for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Before moving to Italy I would buy it at World Market, feeling oh-so-Italian but never really knew the history or what it was used for.

I usually would make a french toast breakfast with ours, because I had seen a recipe like this one and it sounded good.

So I started asking around and found these answers-

  • You only eat it for breakfast.
  • You only eat it with coffee at Breakfast, and only if it’s warmed.
  • It’s delicious as dessert, especially with a vanilla bean marscapone sauce.
  • Eat it toasted and served with dessert wine after dinner.
  • It’s wonderful as an afternoon snack or any time of day!

As per usual, everyone has an opinion, and theirs is the correct one.

Turns out, traditionally it will bring you luck for the New Year if eaten with a sip of Prosecco for dessert.

During the holidays, we tried 5 different ones out- all in the name of research, of course.

1 with candies (NO one liked that one)

1 without candies but still with raisins (my favorite)

1 with chocolate (too sweet)

1 plain (kind of spongy- not great)

1 with almonds (my 2nd favorite)

So after trying all of those- the one “senza canditi” (without candy) was hands down our favorite.

I probably broke some rules, but loved it toasted with a little butter.

Shhhh. Don’t tell.

(Read more about the History of Panettone in Milan.)

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