You know that the festive season is well and truly upon us when Mascalzone stock Panettone!
What better way to give your Christmas Party that truly authentic Italian feel than with a slice of Handmade Panettone and a Glass of Moscato!
Christmas Gift-boxes are now available at Mascalzone containing handmade Panettone with Gianduia Cream!
What is Panettone?
Panettone is a type of sweet bread originating from the Lombardy region of Northern Italy.
Traditionally Panettone is prepared for Christmas and New Year.
It is associated with the festive period in Western, Southern and South Eastern Europe. It is also popular in some of the former Spanish and Portuguese Colonies along the Horn of Africa.
There are some variations of Panettone, such as plain or chocolate. The traditional Italian Panettone contains Sugared Orange, Citron and Lemon Zest, along with Raisins.
Panettone is best enjoyed with a hot beverage or with a sparkling wine, such as Moscato.
The ORigins of Panettone
Panettone was first produced in the early 20th Century in Milan, Lombardy.
Angelo Motta pioneered a distinctive Panettone recipe. He revolutionised the traditional Panettone by giving it a distinctive dome-like shape. The dome shape is brought about by making the dough rise three times over 20 hours before cooking.
This recipe was adapted further by Gioacchino Alemagna in 1925.
The competition between Motta and Alemagna was extensive and led to wholesale production of the festive favourite.
Nestle acquired the two companies in 1990 before Bauli took over and moved the company to Verona.
Milan is always associated as the birthplace of Panettoni. Although the origins of similar cake recipes date back to Roman times.
The word “panettone” derives from the Italian word for a small loaf or cake – “panetto”. The augmentative Italian suffix “-one” changes the meaning to “large cake”.
Legend of the Panettoni
Another story relating to the Panettone dates back to the 15th Century.
Ludovico il Moro was the then Duke of Milan. The Duke’s cook prepared a sumptuous banquet for the Duke and his friends. However, during the course of the feast he neglected the dessert which was burned in the oven and rendered inedible.
Luckily for the cook, his assistant a young boy named Toni had baked a sweet cake for himself earlier in the day using flour, butter, eggs, raisins and lemon zest. With no other alternative the cook was obliged to offer the sweet cake as dessert for the Duke and his party.
Thankfully the Duke and his table enjoyed the cake immensely and when they requested the name of the cake the cook told them “L’è ‘l pan de Toni“, meaning ‘the bread of Toni’.
The name has since evolved to Panettone.
Other mentions of tall and leavened fruitcakes are alluded to in the arts up until the 18th Century.
One such cake is shown in a sixteenth-century painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. It is possibly alluded to in a recipe book written by Italian Bartolomeo Scappi, personal cook for popes and emperors during the time of Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.
Gift-boxes and Christmas Hampers are available at all locations of Mascalzone Italian Restaurant.
Since 1932 besides producing quality bread, the Pasticceria Fraccaro, a family run business, has built a reputation for well-known confectionery specialties. Their second bakery, founded after the Second World War specializes in the production of fragrant focaccias (flat breads), panettones and plum cakes.
Christmas at Mascalzone
Contact Mascalzone to Order Your Christmas Gift Box or drop in to any Location and ask staff for more details.
In addition, Mascalzone are taking bookings for Christmas Parties.
If you are looking to host a work party of a get together with friends and family Mascalzone are looking forward to discussing your requirements,
There will be a choice of 3 Set Menus for Bookings over the festive period.
If you would like any more information about booking your Christmas Party at Mascalzone please follow the link below:
Some of the dishes featured on the Mascalzone Set Menu below:
Author: Toto Mascalzone
Toto Mascalzone is event and marketing manager at Mascalzone restaurant. He is an Italian wine writer and educator, blogger, and food and wine enthusiast currently living in London. He is author of the wine and lifestyle blog, and was a co-editor, together with Italian wine writer a blog devoted to news from the world of Italian wine.