This Gino D’Acampo panettone recipe is an Italian Christmas cake that’s too good to be eaten just once a year, so you’ll find yourself making it time and time again! The natural yeast in this recipe will give the panettone a nice rise to it, which is exactly what you want – it should be really light and fluffy. This panettone recipe makes a really nice gift, if you want to give someone a homemade Christmas present. If you use nice ribbon to tie around it and some cellophane, you can wrap it up really nicely for a fab homemade gift! Panettone is best served at room temperature with a cup of tea – make it when you’re expecting friends round and trust us, they will be so impressed! Full of mixed dried fruit, it’s such a treat.
- 15g fresh yeast
- 125ml full-fat milk, warm
- 400g strong white flour plus extra for dusting
- 3 pinches of salt
- 16g fresh yeast
- 125ml full-fat milk, warm
- 2 medium eggs
- 80g caster sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 150g salted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for brushing
- 120g mixed candied peel, chopped
- 60g raisins
Brush a 15cm diameter cake tin or soufflé dish with a little butter then line with a double layer of greaseproof paper and ensure that you leave a ‘collar’ of paper 8cm above the top of the tin. Oil the inside of a large bowl.
Melt the yeast in the milk, making sure that it is completely dissolved.
Setting aside 2 tablespoons of the flour, sift the remaining amount into a large bowl, sprinkle over the salt and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast and milk with the whole eggs and gently mix all the ingredients together to make a thick batter. Sprinkle over the reserved flour and leave the sponge in a warm place for 35 minutes.
Add in the sugar and egg yolks and mix together to create soft dough, then work in the soft butter then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic and shape into a ball.
Place the dough ball in the oiled bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave it to rise in a warm place away from draughts for 2 hours.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch down. Gently knead in the candied peel and raisins. Shape again into a ball and place in the prepared tin. Cover with clingfilm and leave it to rise in a warm place away from draughts for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.
Use a sharp knife to cut a cross on the top and brush with a little butter.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4, brush the top with more butter and continue to cook for a further 30 minutes.
Once out of the oven, cool the cake in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
Panettone is perfect served at room temperature with a cup of tea.
You can substitute chocolate chips for the dried fruit for a sweeter cake