Christmas is coming. There is a time to reflect at the year gone by and look ahead for the upcoming holidays that’s best spent with your nearest and dearest. On this wonderful occasion we would recommend our Italian-style Gluten-Free Panettone, the delightful bread that is fast becoming more and more popular among other cuisines too. The romantic legend of “pane di tono”, or luxury bread in Milanese dialect, arises from the 15th century and talks about the nobleman Ughetto who fell in love with the daughter of a poor baker. Ughetto’s family forbid him from marrying such a lowly girl. In spite of this, he took a job at the bakery, sold one of his falcons to buy some butter and sugar which he put into the bakery dough. One day near Christmas Ughetto decided he wanted to please his sweetheart and added candied peels and raisins to the bread. The newly found delight became such a huge seller in the bakery that it helped the father of Ughetto’s beloved girl to get rich and the lovebirds were then set free to unite through marriage. In addition to the romantic history, each panettone slice possesses a range of nutritional benefits. The essential oil in the citrus peels contains a lot of limonene which was shown to reduce risk of skin and stomach cancer. Citric acid from lemon juice in a combination with exercises and walking helps to improve blood pressure and pulse rate. Both coconut milk and coconut oil are natural sources of saturated fatty acids and are more beneficial for heart health than butter. Our gluten-free version of panettone doesn’t sacrifice on flavour and leaves you completely satiated. The wonderful holidays draw us around the family table, so make sure to fill this peaceful time with the marvellous aromas of citrus, vanilla and candied fruits, and celebrate the miracle of Christmas in style!
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