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Panettone (Italian Sweet Bread)

Panettone is a yeasted, Italian sweet bread containing raisins and other dried or candied fruits. Originally from Milan, Italy, today this holiday favorite is enjoyed at Christmas in countries around the world and is sold commercially. The bread typically has a unique mushroom shape. Recipe Servings: Makes 2 loaves

Prep Time
45 minutes
+ 4 hours resting
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
5 hours 15 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free


  • 1/3 cup (50 g) yellow raisins
  • 1/3 cup (65 g) dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) orange liqueur
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) yeast
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) warm water
  • 3 3/4 cups (450 g) flour, divided
  • 6 Tbsp (90 g) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) pine nuts
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) butter, melted
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) sugar


  1. Soak dried fruit in liqueur for 1 hour.
  2. Drain, reserving the liquid.
  3. Combine yeast, 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) sugar, and warm water. Let stand until foamy.
  4. Whisk together melted butter, milk, egg, egg yolk, and sugar. Add 1/2 cup (60 g) flour and beat until smooth.
  5. Add yeast and another 1/2 cup (60 g) of flour, beating thoroughly.
  6. Add fruit, pine nuts, and 2 1/2 cups (300 g) flour.
  7. Place dough on a clean, lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding flour a spoonful at a time if necessary to prevent sticking.
  8. Butter a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to coat, and cover with a damp, lint-free cloth.
  9. Set aside to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 1/2 hours.
  10. Punch down dough, divide in half, and shape into 2 balls. Place dough in tall, buttered baking pans.
  11. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  12. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  13. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  14. Whisk together 2 tsp (10 ml) of the reserved soaking liqueur and 1 tsp (5 ml) of butter, and brush over warm loaves. Sprinkle with sugar.
  15. Let cool to room temperature before serving.