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sliced panettone bread on brown parchment paper


This sweet panettone is the best Italian Christmas bread you have ever tried!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
resting time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 389kcal
Author Dina


  • Ingredients for yeast starter:
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 3 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Ingredients for rest of bread:
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup craisins dried cranberries
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • Pour the milk into a bowl and warm it in the microwave so it reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 3 tsp of yeast to the warm milk and let it sit for a few minutes or until most of the yeast is soaked.
  • Lightly stir the milk with a whisk and add 1/4 cup of sugar. Then add 3/4 cup sifted flour.
  • Stir the mixture until well combined and let it sit in a warm place for about 20-30 minutes to let it rise. I put it in 110 degree oven.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the eggs and egg yolk, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla, salt, and the zested orange and lemon. Lightly mix with a spatula and add the risen yeast starter.
  • Add the craisins and golden raisins and stir just to combine.
  • Then add in 3 1/4 cup sifted flour and melted butter and mix it using the hook attachment.
  • Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and make it into a ball. (The dough will be very sticky). You don't need to kneed it for a long time, just enough to form it into a ball.
  • Grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough into it. Drizzle a little more olive oil over the top of the dough, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Line the bottom of a spring form pan with parchment paper. Then line the sides with a folded piece of parchment paper to support the bread while it rises in the oven. The parchment paper should go about 4 inches above the top rim of the spring form pan.
  • Place the dough into the spring form pan, make a cross slit at the top and brush it with a little bit of melted butter. Let it rise for 1 more hour in a warm place. Then put it into a 340 degree oven for 40 minutes.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2.7mg