According to legend, he was born inMilan by Ludovico il Moro, lord of the city at the end of the 15th century. During the eve ofChristmas, the cook of the Sforza house unfortunately burned thesweet prepared for the banquet. Given the cook's desperation, Toni, a little scullery boy, proposed a solution: I cooked this cake this morning with what was left in the pantry, some flour, butter, eggs, cedar peel and a few raisins. If you have nothing else, you can bring it to the table. The cook agreed and, trembling, went behind a curtain to spy on the reaction of the guests. Everyone was enthusiastic and to the duke, who wanted to know the name of that delicacy, the cook revealed the secret: L'è 'l pan del Toni. Since then it is the "bread of Toni", from which the term derivesrmine “panettone”.
However, this is not the only legend linked to this Christmas cake, because according to other stories it was Sister Ughetta or Ughetto degli Atellani who invented it.
Sister Ughetta, cook of a Milanese convent, for Christmas thought of making a cake for the other sisters using the few ingredients available in the pantry of the monastery.
He added eggs and sugar, candied fruit and raisins to the usual bread dough.
The nuns appreciated and in Milan word of mouth was incredibly fast: the Milanese began to make offers to the convent to take home some of that special bread.
The third legend, on the other hand, wants it to be invented by a certain Ughetto.
The chronicles of the time tell that the young man had fallen madly in love with Adalgisa, the daughter of a nearby baker.
Ughetto let the baker hire him as a shop boy and one night he added a large quantity of butter to the bread he was kneading. Toni's bread became very famous in the city and considered the best in Milan.
Ugo subsequently enriched the recipe with eggs, pieces of candied citron and sultanas and it was a success! Toni became rich and Adalgisa's parents agreed to the marriage between the two young men.