Originated from Milan, Italy, panettone is a festive bread typically enjoyed during Christmas. The classic pannetone usually weigh around a kilo, packed in oversized and elegant box, and is great to be given as gift or brought to be shared. Bursting with citrus flavour and lavished with generous allotment of mixed fruits. this bread is considered a must during Christmas for Italian family. Some believe that the name Panettone derived from the word 'Pan del ton' in Milanese which means 'cake of luxury'.
This is the first time I made a Panettone and also the first time I had tried one. The reason being that pannetone is rich in mixed fruits, and I kind of detest those overly sweetened, medicinal taste-alike mixed fruits sold in the market. Just as I am about to skip Panettone from my "Christmas to-make list", I stumbled across this recipe - which someone diligently raved about how tasty the result is compared to those commercially sold one. The recipe get you to mix your own mixed fruits, which means that I can skip those artificially flavoured pre-mixed mixed fruits sold in the market.
Ends up... for the first time ever, I was really tempted to try it. And of course, I made them in their 'mini' size.
The result? I love it!
(Recipe adapted from The World of Bread by Alex Goh)
Sponge Starter Dough
- 210g bread flour
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 120ml water
- all starter dough
- 90g bread flour
- 10g milk powder
- 3g salt
- 50g sugar
- 1 egg
- 60g butter
- 100g raisin
- 40g orange peel
- 25g red cherries
- 1/2 orange zest
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 2 tbsp rum
Mix together the fruits mixture and keep in the fridge overnight.
Mix together starter dough and let it ferment 2-3 hours.
- Pour flour into the starter dough and mix well. Add in the rest of the ingredients (except butter) and knead.
- Add in butter and mix until incorporated.
Add in the mixed fruit and mix well.
- Divide the panettone to 6 and let it proof in a panettone cup for an hour.
- Egg wash.
- Bake in preheated oven at 175C for 15 minutes, then 150C for another 10 minutes.