Puccini was known for the love-hate relationship he had with the conductor Toscanini and therein lies an interesting Christmas story.
Toscanini responded with a telegram of his own: PANETTONE EATEN BY MISTAKE, TOSCANINI.
2) Pour the milk (or buttermilk) into a bowl, then sprinkle on the sugar and yeast. Leave for around 10 minutes – it should start to go frothy.
3) Combine the butter and caster sugar in a bowl and beat them together until they are very fluffy. Then beat in the eggs gradually, followed by the lemon and orange rind (and the vanilla extract if you’re using it).
4) Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Now gently fold in the milky/yeast fluid, followed by the creamed butter/sugar mixture. Mix them all together until you have a soft dough.