t3924-2Christmas in Italy

Christmas in Italy would not be complete without a delicious, sweet serving of panettone for dessert to finish off that delicious Christmas meal!

Anybody who loves Italian food or sweet pastry treats will appreciate the flavors and variety of panettone—so why not share this age old tradition with your family this holiday season?

What is panettone?

Panettone is a sweetbread that originated out of Milan, Italy, traditionally prepared with candied citron, orange, lemon zest, and raisins, and served as a sweet finale to a savory Christmas meal.

When is panettone prepared?

Panettone is prepared in Italy once every year, typically in September. The tasty dessert is then distributed to retailers in November and sold fresh for the holidays in December each year.

Once this imported item is out-of-stock, it is not available again until the following year.

Why is panettone so popular at Christmas?

In a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, the head of the family serves each guest a slice of panettone for dessert, served with amaretto, fine wine, or espresso. It is also part of the tradition that a single slice of panettone is saved for the following year.

In America, many varieties of imported panettone arrive pre-wrapped, making it an ideal gift to be shipped direct to family and friends who love Italian food and sweet treats!

What flavors of panettone are available?

Traditional panettone emphasizes the delicious flavors of orange, citron, and lemon; however, panettone is also available in a variety of brands and flavors, including:

  • Flamigni Cherry and Chocolate Panettone
  • Flamigni Margarita Panettone
  • Flamigni Pear and Chocolate Panettone
  • Flamigni Apricot and Chocolate Panettone
  • Flamigni Orange and Chocolate Panettone
  • Flamigni Fig and Chocolate Panettone
  • Tre Marie Panettone with Dark Chocolate
  • Sidari Tropical Fruit Panettone
  • Maina Chocolate Cream Filled and Chocolate Coated Panettone

Is there any option for serving panettone this Christmas?

How about a delicious Panettone French Toast? You won’t want to miss this!

Panettone French Toast


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla (amounts and options based on preferences)
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Cut the panettone into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Wisk eggs and milk. Add salt and spices, and place the slices into a tray to marinate. It’s best if done overnight, but try to marinate as long as possible before cooking.
  3. When ready to cook, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium and grease with a few tablespoons of butter. If panettone was marinated overnight, use less butter.
  4. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook until golden on both sides (approximately 3 more minutes).
  5. Serve open faced with fresh fruit, maple syrup, and powdered sugar.

I’m convinced!Where can I find panettone?

You can find panettone here at Gourmet Italian.

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