|Chocolate Panettone Bombe|
Dome-shaped golden panettone is that traditional spongey, fruit-studded, sweet Christmas bread that is to an Italian Christmas what fruitcake is to other parts of the world. It may be even more welcome than its much maligned counterpart and in my experience more welcome when gifted. Lavish with golden raisins, citrus peel, eggs and butter, panettone epitomizes the richness and generosity of the season. Panettone originated in Milan, in the north of Italy, but has spread all over the country and around the world. I grew up with fruitcake, and in the old British tradition fruitcake even presented itself at my wedding, but, living in the melting pot of cultures we call Canada I eagerly adopt other traditions. During the holidays, you can't come or go from an Italian home without receiving or giving a panettone.