PANETTONE … Italian Christmas Bread

 

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I have been making this gorgeous Italian bread every Christmas for more than thirty years.   Panettone is a sweet bread filled with candied fruit and raisens. Our son  would not consider it Christmas unless this gorgeous bread appeared on the breakfast table Christmas morning.   Terry’s chocolate orange in his stocking is the other most have.  One year when I thought perhaps he had grown too old for this tradition of the chocolate orange I didn’t tuck one into his stocking.  That will NEVER happen again.

If you have a stand mixer this bread is not difficult.  You must allow yourself time so start it early in the day.  Otherwise you’ll end up baking it at midnight. That happened to me one Christmas eve but it did fill our home with the lovely aroma of baking on Christmas eve.

Panettone keeps well and is delicious toasted.  Serve it with a dusting of icing sugar and a little marscapone cheese and you have a heavenly dessert.

This recipe for PANETTONE is so superior to the package product seen in the shops at this time of year you will be happy you have it in your apron pocket.