Dec 1, 2012

Homemade Panettone / Italian Christmas Sweet Bread ( Fruit Bread)

My Request a Recipe section is flowing with lots of request. I am really happy that it is useful for my viewers to ask me their favorite recipes. I am keeping notes of those recipe and trying it one by one. Couple days back i received a christmassy recipe request from one of my reader, she asked for mince pies, christmas pudding and panettone. Then i realised that i should start posting christmas recipes..I thought to try the panettone, because its been a while since i made a bread. So decided to bake that yummy sweet bread.

For those who are hearing about panettone for the first time, it is a italian christmas bread which is sweet with lots of dried fruits in it. Its pretty simple to make, but the taste is so fresh, light and full of flavour. Want to bake one, but don't know what to make with this huge bread. I have recipes for that coming in my next few post, this fruity panettone makes the best french toast on earth. Will post that soon too..

Dont get scared, bake one for yourselves and you will be happy that you did one.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Resting Time : 4 to 5 hours (depends)
Baking Time - 45 to 50 mins
Recipe Source- Laura in the kitchen(Slightly Adapted)


All Purpose Flour / Maida - 4 cups + Extra
Eggs - 2
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Butter - 100 gms
Dry Yeast - 1 tblspn 
Vanilla Essence - 1 tblspn
Warm Water - 1/2 cup / 125 ml
Warm Milk - 1/2 cup / 125 ml
Tutti Fruity - 1 cup ( I used orange,green & yellow)
Black Raisans - 1/2 cup
Sultanas / Kishmish - 1/2 cup
Oil for greasing mould and bowl


Take warm water and milk in a bowl. The temperature should be around 110 degrees. Sprinkle some yeast in it and mix well. Set this aside for a couple of minutes.

Now take 1 cup of flour and mix well in this. Leave aside for 30 mins till it gets foamy and risen.

Take a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, sugar and vanilla in it and beat well.

Add in the yeast mixture in this and mix well.

Add sultanas, raisans, tutti fruity in it and mix well.

Now add in the flour and keep mixing till you get a sticky dough.

Add in the soft butter and mix well. keep mixing till it gets thick and all combined.

Grease a huge bowl, transfer this dough into that and cover with a tight lid. Leave this aside for 2 to 3 hours till it gets triple in size.

Punch the air out and use more flour to knead the dough.

Now grease your panettone mould, transfer the dough in this and cover again and leave aside for 2 more hours till it is triple in size again.

Preheat the oven to 180 degree C / 360 degree F before 15 mins of putting the tin in the oven.

Bake this for 45-50 mins. Let it cool for 10 mins before removing from the mould.

Let it cool down for 30 mins, before slicing.

Enjoy with a cup of chai or milk.


1)The rising time  depends on the temperature of each place. Allow it to rise till it gets triple in size each time.

2)To get perfect slice. Keep the bread in fridge for couple of hours and then slice to get perfect slice. I kept the loaf in fridge overnight and made it into thick slices  for making french toast.

3)You can make this panettone into french toast or puddings.

4)Feel free to use more flour as needed. But don't make the dough so stiff, the dough should be slightly sticky. That sticky dough maked softest bread.

5)Use any dry fruits as you like, cranberries, dates, candied peels, citrus peels can be used.

6) Increase the amount of sugar, if you need the bread to be sweet.

You will need flour, sugar,vanilla, warm water and milk,
Eggs, active yeast, tutti fruity,raisans,
sultanas and some butter

Take some warm milk and water in a bowl
sprinkle some yeast in
and mix well..let this sit for a couple of mins
add some flour in this
mix well till it gets into a paste like consistency
After 30 mins it will be all foamed up and bubbly
Take eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl
mix well
add the yeast mixture in
add tutti fruity
add raisans and sultanas
Now add in flour
and some soft butter
keep mixing till it gets thick sticky dough
Grease a bowl with oil
transfer the dough in this
cover and let it rise
it should triple in size
Add in more flour
and knead it well
Grease your panettone mould
add the dough in this
and let it rise again
bake it


  1. Our shops are full of it at the moment, I am sure yours tastes better but I bet I will take the easy way out and buy it :-) Take care Diane

  2. lovely bread..I too tried this last week :) it came out well..

  3. Looks colorful n delicious!

  4. Omg, great work Aarthy, panettone came out super prefectly.

  5. I tasted it yesterday in my friends place, It was awesome and you tempted me again...this looks perfect for the occasion..


  6. Great looking panettone. I've only ever eaten the commercially made ones.

  7. OMG ! Asusual rocking baked recipe...

  8. I've been seeing a lot of Panettone recipes lately...this looks absolutely yumm!!


  9. wow it looks like bakery made n looks better than it.. awesome work re...

  10. This is way tooo tempting .. I looooooove panetonne.

  11. What if i dont havr panettone mould... Can this be made in regular cakr baking mould or a large glasd bowl at the same temperature settings

  12. hi can I bake this in my microwave is not having any degree F or degree C options. .sorry to ask such a silly question. .iam new to this baking and all..

  13. @Maanit GuptaYes ofcourse you can bake it in loaf pan

  14. @jiyaIf your microwave has convection mode, then you can make this at the same temp and timing.

  15. Can I use instant yeast ?

  16. Can I bake it in pressure cooker? If ys, how much tym it will take to bake?

  17. @ansari qamYes u can..just keep a eye on will vary from the time i have mentioned

  18. Hi . I face problem choosing a good dry yeast can u please tell me which brand yeast is better.

  19. @Anonymousi use a brand which my super market sells..there is no name on that.

  20. Hey, is there any difference between dry yeast and active yeast. Can you use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose? I used dry yeast and my mix didn't rise at all

  21. @AnonymousWheat flour will make this bread dense. Activating the yeast is must, if it is not activated then the bread wont rise.

  22. ur receipes r juz awsm... I have tried so many tings from ur blog but d prob comes juz wud egg... plz share it in eggless too

  23. Hi Arthur tried to make this but that yeast is not working I did everything as told in the recipe

    1. You must have added yeast to hot water. The water should be very very warm.


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