Easy Homemade Italian Christmas Bread Panettone Recipe – perfect for the holidays!
– 4 eggs — 1 egg is for the egg wash – 1/2 cup sugar – 1 tbsp dry yeast – 1/2 cup milk — 115 F temperature – 6 tbsp melted butter – zest from 1 orange – zest from 1 lemon – 1 tsp lemon juice – 1 tsp vanilla extract – 1 tsp salt – 3 1/2 cups flour — may need more or slightly less for a soft dough – 2/3 cup golden raisins – 1/3 cup chopped candied orange peel – 2 tsp orange flavored liqueur
3 HRS 20 MINS
After the dough has risen, dump it onto a floured surface and shape into a ball. Transfer to the mold. Cut a cross on top and brush with some melted butter or just spray with the cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for one more hour, until it doubles (almost triples) its size.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Place the panettone mold on a baking sheet. Brush with egg wash (egg + 1 tbsp water) and bake for 40 -45 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is golden brown. In the process of baking, if the panettone starts to brown too quickly, you can cover it with foil, to prevent burning.