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BEST Homemade Panettone Recipe ❄️

If you grew up Italian, the holidays meant this tasty sweet bread would be EVERYWHERE.

This recipe is so much better than store-bought panettone. Therefore, you will be eating it (instead of regifting it)…


For the dough and sponge:

  • 5 cups (600g) all-purpose flour, divided, plus a little more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast (slightly more than 1 packet)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 5 large eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup (68g) sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks, 170g) room temperature unsalted butter, to make the dough
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) cold unsalted butter, for the top of the dough
  • Vegetable oil spray (for the dough bowl

For the fruit and nuts:

  • 1/2 cup dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup best quality candied orange peel, or a combination of 1/4-inch diced dried fruit, such as apricots, pears, cranberries, or dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup dark rum, such as Meyer’s rum
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional


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