Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Panettone for the Holidays

It's the holiday season and nothing speaks to my Italian heritage like Panettone. This delicious fruit studded bread is originally from Milan and was traditionally prepared for Christmas and New Years. While Milan is the birthplace of this bread, it's now more popular in central and southern Italy. 

History lesson over.

From my previous posts you may have read that I'm a big fan of "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day." This book has irrevocably changed my relationship with baking bread by making it attainable, whether it's french baguettes or sourdough bread.

So as I baked my way through this book I discovered the Panettone recipe and my ancestors called out to me. So as I shopped for Thanksgiving I picked up a variety of dried fruits and lemon flavoring and decided to give it a try. It wasn't until the dough was rising that I realized you needed special Panettone molds (metal or paper) with high sides to give it its high sides.


While I did make a mental note to get these molds for next time, I decided to make the best out of a difficult situation.  As I searched frantically through my baking supplies I realized that I did have a souffle mold with "higher" sides that I decided to use to salvage the whole process. The remaining dough I put in a normal bread loaf pan. Either way the end result was delicious with the lemon flavoring through the brioche type bread and the dried fruits that added the right amount of sweetness.

It's a great idea for gifts for friends, hostess gifts for the holidays, family or just to eat with a cup of coffee in the morning.

For the Panettone Recipe from the book click here. Or just buy the book - you won't regret it.


  1. ready for the season looks delicious

  2. I constantly see Panettone being sold in supermarkets, usually small ones covered in white powder but it's quite pricey (maybe just here in Tokyo) so I've never actually had one... what does it taste like? I must say, your Panettone looks a lot yummier than the ones that are sold in my supermarket♥ haha


  3. what an outstanding treat!! How I do love Panettone!
    Thanks for the heads up on the book1

  4. My mom swears by Panettone. She always buys a loaf at Christmas, but this year I may just have to bake her one instead! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mm i love Panettone! Yours looks fabulous!

  6. This is simply gorgeous, a pat of butter and I would be in bread heaven.

  7. I've never made Panettone...I'll have to try it! Looks delish!

  8. I have never had Panettone...crazy I know! Your picture of the inside of the bread is mouth watering and making me think I need to try Panettone as soon as I can!

  9. Your pannetone looks beautiful! All of the delicious fruit shining through when you cut into it! I love that you baked it in a loaf pan, better for slicing ;)!


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