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The 2 Legends about Panettone

Panettone is a traditional sweet fluffy bread loaf that you definitely find in every Italian house for holidays. In Italy, the panettone comes with an often varied history, but one that invariably states that its birthplace is in Milan.

The most famous legends about Panettone origin are two and of course are both linked with love stories.

Once upon a time, in the 15th-century a nobleman named Atellani loved Adalgisa, the daughter of a poor baker named Toni. To help her, the nobleman disguised himself as a baker and invented a rich cake. The duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro, agreed to the marriage, which was held in the presence of Leonardo da Vinci, and encouraged the launch of the new bread-like cake: Pan de Toni (or Toni's cake).

Once upon a time, in the 15th-century, the Duke of Milano, Ludovico il Moro organized a Christmas Eve feast for all of his royal court. When the Duce was ready for the last course of the dinner, the dessert was burned, because the head pastry chef had been distracted by a romance with a nobleman’s beautiful wife. In the critical situation, the young scullery Toni from the chef's team proposed to serve a sweet that he had prepared for himself with the remained ingredients. The pastry chef presented the dessert to the Duke’s court. The sweet fluffy loaf was such a success that the Duke called the pastry chef back into the hall. Amid applause, the pastry chef admitted that it was the pane di Toni (Toni’s bread).

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