It has been ages since the last time I posted a recipe. Unfortunately some health problems in the family and lack of time does not allow me to blog more often. I am hoping this situation to change soon. Today I want to share a very succesfull panettone recipe, though it is also out of season now. But better late than never....as they say.
The recipe is from allrecipes.com and I baked it many times past holiday season. You can prepare it completely in your bread machine if you wish. Actually the recipe has been given for this purpose only. But I prefer to prepare only the dough in the breadmaker, then give it a second rise, then cook in the oven. This way the dough matures bu raising twice and becomes softer, bigger and in my opinion; tastier. I used special panettone forms which were made of greaseproof paper. You can get them from speciality stores.
3/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 sachet vanilla
- 3.5 cups bread flour
- 4-5 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk powder
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1/2 cup mixed dried fruits
Place the ingredients in your breadmaker according to the manifacturer's instructions. If you intend to leave the whole process to the machine, choose the basic bread cycle and add the fruit pieces when the machine beeps at the end of the first hour.
If you want to use your oven, choose the dough cycle and add the fruits 2-3 minutes before the machine stops mixing. Take out the raised dough and shape a ball on a floured surface. Place the ball in the panettone form and leave to rise in a warm place. Bake in preheated oven at 180-200 C for about 45 minutes. Leave to cool ona wire rack. You can sift powdered sugar on top.
This bread tastes even better the next day, reheated in your toaster, buttered and sprinkled with a little marmelade.... enjoy