Sunday, December 20, 2015

An Italian Christmas icon: the PANETTONE

The classic Italian Christmas cake is the Panettone. It is not so easy to make at home, but with a bit of patience and determination, I finally managed to create a Panettone that can compete with the standard Motta or Alemagna sold in shops at Christmas time.  

I got the recipe from Ricette della Nonna and I will now share with you the whole procedure. 

Mix 10 grams of yeast,  75 grams of flour and a little warm milk into a ball and let it rise for 30 minutes. 

When it has risen, add 250 g. flour, 2 eggs, 2 grams of yeast. Mix well, then add 100 grams of sugar. Mix again, then add 60 g. of soft butter. 

After about 2-3 hours it should look like this 

Now put it in the mixer and add 2 whole eggs, and 3 egg yolks, together with about 250 grams of flour. Mix well, then add 100 grams of sugar, mix again then add 100 grams of butter. Finally add 150 grams of raisins and about 100 grams candied peel, a teaspoon of grated lemon rind and a pinch of vanilla.  Let it rise for 2 or 3 more hours.

It should then look like this. 

Now place it in the paper container and let it rise again for 2 or 3 hours. 

When it has risen well, bake it at 200° C for 5 minutes, make a cross on top, add a tablespoon of butter and cook for 10 more minutes. Then lower the temperature to 180°C and cook for 45 minutes

A classic Italian breakfast....cappuccino and panettone!


  1. This is delicious! I had a friend of mine bring this one Christmas and it was so good.

  2. Mmmm!!! Francesca, this looks delicious, and I can almost smell it! I wouldn't dare to make my own panettone, I am sure it wouldn't turn out the way it should... There's a lot of rising time involved, but that's OK because you don't need to sit and watch it :-)

  3. I love panettone, are very tasty. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  4. Francesca, Panettone is something that I've only had once, back when we lived in Boston. Looks great... You've accomplished a major baking feat! Merry Christmas and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. Adoro il panettone! Un bacio.

  6. Hello Francesca,
    That looks delicious...I might go buy one today ;)
    Big hug

  7. Hello Francesca, your panetonne looks gorgeous. I've only ever had it once and it was store bought. It was very nice with coffee. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  8. che delizia! bravissima
    buon martedì
    un bacione
    <<< tr3ndygirl >>>

  9. Good on you for making your own. Wonderful.