How to Bake Panettone & Serve it Italian Style

Make Panettone the highlight of your festive entertaining

Panettone is the ultimate Italian Christmas cake, instantly recognizable for its domed shape and its sweet, buttery dough studded with candied fruits and raisins.

Baking a panettone at home is a labor of love, but if you are up for the challenge, you can find a recipe at the end of this post. If you do not feel confident enough to make it yourself, don’t worry!

Most Italians purchase it from their favorite pasticceria, and you can probably find a quality Panettone at your local specialty store. 

The Panettone recipe: are you up to the challenge?

The recipe is for a Panettone weighing approximately 1 kg.

INGREDIENTS

  • Aromatic Mix
    • 30 g acacia honey
    • 1 vanilla bean
    • 1 untreated lemon
    • 1 untreated orange
  • Dough – part 1
    • 100 g sugar
    • 80 g egg yolks
    • 90 g butter
    • 1 g salt
  • Biga
    • 375 g strong Manitoba flour
    • 185 g water
    • 5 g fresh yeast (or 1.5 g dry yeast)
  • Dough – part 2
    • 30 g strong Manitoba flour
    • 1 g fresh yeast /0.3 g dry yeast
    • 2 g salt
    • 10 g water
    • 20 g eggs
    • 40 g sugar
    • 40 g butter
    • 140 g candied orange and citron
    • 150 g sultana raisins
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