NiT sobre o Licor de Panettone

NiT on Panettone Liqueur

We still have to celebrate Halloween, which takes place next Monday, October 31st, but there are already quite tempting proposals for another of the most anticipated dates of the year. We are, of course, talking about Christmas, the time to gather family and friends around the table, exchange gifts and listen to festive music whenever you turn on the radio.

If there is one thing that is not usually lacking in this season, it is the typical sweets, ranging from bolo rei to sponge cake, including ants, dreams, azevias and french toast. Among the most popular options is panettone, a typical cake from this era that appeared in Milan, Italy, during the Middle Ages, and whose creation is shrouded in a series of legends.

One concerns a baker named Toni, who worked in a bakery in the Italian city and was in love with the pattern's daughter. To impress the beloved's father, he invented a sweet bread that became a hit with the population. She started asking for “Pani de Toni”, which evolved, first, into “panattón” (Milanese word), and later into “panettone” (Italian).

Another theory says that the specialty appeared in the court of King Ludovico, on Christmas Eve, always celebrated with great banquets. When, in one of these events, the dessert burned while being baked, one of the kitchen employees offered to serve in its place a dough that he had prepared with leftover ingredients. The success was such that they asked him the name of the creation. He replied, simply, “Toni pani”.

Hypotheses aside, it is certain that it is a specialty loved in Portugal, which led Chocolicor, — a company in Caldas da Rainha with vast experience in the production of typically Portuguese liqueurs — to create a liqueur, with a creamy texture, that smells and tastes the panettone. The limited edition will only be available until the end of January 2023.

The brand suggests serving the liqueur in a tall glass and then adding whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top. You can also add raisins or other dried fruit.

The drink, with an alcohol content of 16 percent, is sale in 500 ml bottles (22€) on the company's official website, which in the summer launched a liqueur flavored with Berliner ball.

Article by Patricia Santos.

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