Panettone @ London Drugs!
One of the fond memories I have of home (Trail BC) when I was much younger, that really trigger Christmas emotions with me, is the receiving or buying of the seasons’ first panettone (“panettone” from the Italian “panetto“ which means a small loaf). I can remember getting (or in our case rushing) to dessert; the parents having theirs with espresso and the kids with hot chocolate. It really was the treat of the meal!
When I was growing up – we did not have the same selections as today – we had pretty much plain, or with raisins, and there were only a few brands available. Today you have beautiful and very gifty options like the Bacio here;
Regardless of selection – we loved these cakes and what they symbolized to us; Christmas was here!
The panettone was, and continues to be, a very popular cake in Italy and France during the Christmas Season. From most accounts that you will read, it appears that the modern panettone is a creation of the Milanese (people of Milan). Wikipedia suggests that some would say the word derives from the Milanese, “pan del ton,” meaning “bread of luxury.”
These cakes are wonderful to eat as they are – right out of the box or bag – or they can be enjoyed toasted with a little butter. For the more adventurous, they can be made in to a really sweet and quite decadent French Toast!
For Myself, I like it by itself and with a nice espresso (such as Miscela D’Oro)
We have a few selections available in store for you for the Holiday Season. Check out these links for 4 of them. We also have a few in smaller sizes for those who want to walk before they run (believe me – once you go for the walk, you will be running for the rest of your life)
Please take a chance and try these very traditional Italian cakes. You feel a little Italian by the end of your meal.