Panettone is an Italian Christmas bread that usually has chunks of dried oranges and raisins. I use cran-raisins instead and it taste great. It's a long recipe, but so worth the time.
1 1/2 cups of dried cran-raisins
1 1/2 cups of red or Marsala wine
2 1/4 ounce packages of quick active dry yeast
|Traditional Panettone Shape|
1/2 cup of luke warm water
5 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cups of sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 1/2 ounces room temperature butter (cut into small pieces)
6 eggs at room temperature + 1 egg white
1 egg yoke
1/4 cup of whole milk
Combine cran-raisins, wine, and tequila (if using) in a bowl to macerate. Combine yeast, pinch of sugar, and luke warm water in a bowl, stir and let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put flour, sugar, salt, butter, eggs, and egg white into a mixer. With the dough hook, mix at a slow speed. Slowly add yeast mixture. When all ingredients are combined, mix at medium speed for 6 to 8 minutes. The dough is a little sticky, but will be shiny and gather around the dough hook.
Set dough into a bowl that has been lightly greased with oil. Cover with saran wrap and put in a draft free place for approximately 2 hours. Dough should be doubled in size. Put dough on a floured surface and gently knead for a few minutes. Put back into bowl and allow to rise for approximately 1 - 2 hours. Dough should double in size. By allowing the bread to rise so many times, you will have the right texture--airy with tiny holes.
After second rising, drain cran-raisins (I reserve the liquid. It tastes awesome over ice cream). Pat dry with a paper towel. Knead cran-raisins into dough and divide into 2 pieces. Place in a greased loaf pan, and allow to rise for about 1 more hour. Cut a slit down the middle with a sharp knife. Mix egg yoke and milk and brush over bread. Heat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 35 - 45 minutes depending on your oven. I use the Pampered Chef mini loaf pan, so I divide my dough into 4 smaller loafs. Cool on a rack. Taste wonderful hot and fresh from the oven. Cover well if there is any left!