A Village first: Panettone! We have two beautifully wrapped flavors of the traditional size, and mini gift boxes in several designs available as a perfect stocking stuffer or tree trimming! Here is the story behind this traditional holiday treat:
Panettone is eaten during the many days of Christmas celebrations—which last more than 10 days or so in Italy—and the New Year’s festivities. Like the Christmas fruitcakes so commonly offered by relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbors in the U.S.—so ubiquitous as to seem to magically propagate on their own every holiday season—it is not uncommon for an Italian family to receive as many as ten or twenty loaves of panettoni during the holidays. Many of these cakes are then passed on to other neighbors, or donated to less fortunate households or charities. Yet, like a favorite family relative who appears every Christmas, familiarity does not diminish the appreciation most people feel when panettone is offered—often brought along as a gift when invited for lunch or dinner during the holiday season, and presented with a good bottle of spumante or prosecco.
Traditionally, panettone is served after the enormous Christmas day feast or on Santo Stefano (that is, December 26th, a national holiday in Italy)—but also on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There is just one caveat: apart from kids, very few have any room left for dessert after these feasts. Therefore, panettone is mostly eaten in the mornings with caffe latte or cappuccino, or as a snack with an afternoon espresso. In the U.S.—where sugar content and calorie counts are no deterrents—French Toast panettone is a breakfast favorite during the Christmas season.