Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 45m
Ready In

Recipe: #3677

December 24, 2011

"This Italian Christmas bread is suited for breakfast or dessert. This is not a traditional recipe, just an easier version of it. Personalize the flavours by adding in your favourite dried fruits."

Original is 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (857.5 g)
  • Calories 2068.6
  • Total Fat - 51.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 23.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 971.6 mg
  • Sodium - 883.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 333.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11.1 g
  • Sugars - 120 g
  • Protein - 70.3 g
  • Calcium - 483.4 mg
  • Iron - 9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup milk and sugar till sugar is dissolved.

Step 2

Sprinkle yeast over the top and leave to bloom for 10 minutes, or more if necessary.

Step 3

Whisk in egg, sour cream, 1 tablespoon cream or milk, vanilla, orange zest, and salt. Incorporate thoroughly.

Step 4

Stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough forms into a manageable ball.

Step 5

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary, until dough is soft and pliable, but not sticky.

Step 6

Place dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Step 7

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and grease a round 8-inch cake pan with non-stick spray.

Step 8

Note: If you have a tall cake pan, that would be even better to use for the final shape of the panettone.

Step 9

In a small bowl, toss dried fruit with confectioners' sugar.

Step 10

Punch down dough in bowl, transfer to floured surface, and knead in the fruit.

Step 11

Form dough into a ball, place in prepared cake pan, cover loosely with dish towel, and let rise 30 minutes. (Loaf *might* rise above the pan sides.)

Step 12

Brush with melted butter and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.

Step 13

Bake for 35-45 minutes until loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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