I made it like the recipe. Didn’t change the dough. I did change what was added into to it. Does it matter that it is not truly a panettone? Not really.
When we were in Italy this past summer, we came across this bread in Como: La Nuvola (the cloud). Tears came to my eyes when I saw them all lined up. I had to go inside and get a closer look!
And there they were in front of my eyes…all of these fluffy beauties. We bought one. It is like a panettone but with spoonfuls of apricot jam cooked throughout the bread. Buttery, apriocty (is that a word?)and amazing!!
Recipe Notes: In my Holiday Panettone, I added about 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and a 1/2 cup raisins and a 1/2 cup dried cranberries. I soaked the cranberries and raisins in hot water for about 10 minutes. I then drained and cooled them before adding to the batter. Dreamy! This is the exact recipe from the magazine. You could adjust the fruit to your taste. After the dough rose, I did add a little flour to the dough as it was very sticky. Before I baked the bread, I rubbed some soft butter on top of the loaves. Then I brushed an egg wash on top of the loaves.
Holiday Panettone Ingredient List
1/2 cup diced candied orange peel
3/4 cup dried cherries
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup diced dried apricots
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
*If you’re giving this mix to a nut lover, add 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts in place of some of the dried fruit
Add the panettone ingredients to a large bowl. Heat 1 cup whole milk, 1 stick butter, 1/4 cup honey and 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest to 120 degrees in a saucepan; stir into the mix. Mix in 2 lightly beaten eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Butter two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans or two empty 10-ounce coffee cans and line with parchment paper. Add the dough; cover and let rise 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool before slicing.
We spent beautiful days in Italy this summer and on the beach here in South Florida. My husband’s family in Italy is incredible. They have huge hearts and are all amazing in the kitchen. I hope you like some of the photos of my favorite things from this year.
My kids making a sand castle on the beach. Summer 2010.
That is me and my lil’ guy on Mother’s Day. I had my hair colored dark brown last spring. Now it is blonde again. Lil’ guy told me when I had my hair colored brown, “I like the other Lora.” lol
My cute hubs and me outside of Aosta Italy this summer.
Pasticcini. Italian pastries at a lunch this summer in Italy.
The view on the way to Bellagio this summer.
Il Duomo in Milan. Breathtaking.
Oh Lordy-look at this cheese! At the market this summer outside of Como.
Nonna Antonia, my husband’s grandmother, making Calabrese fried stuffed eggplant. She is a young 84. She had 9 kids. She is one of the happiest people I know.
Zia Teresa was making us this fresh carpaccio di manzo (beef carpaccio).
Zia Teresa and her homemade pasta. She was so proud when she brought to show us how she hand rolled them earlier that day.
The last cappuccino at the airport in Milano. Perfection.
I would like to share this Holiday Panettone with Yeastspotting 🙂