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Wine & Food Pairing: Xmas Special – Italian Fruit Cake (Panettone)



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Panettone is essentially a brioche dough filled with dried fruits and nuts, originally from Italy but has become one of the most important holiday traditions in South America.

Panettone pairs well with dessert wine such as Passito, Sautern or Tokay. It can be enjoyed on its own or used as an ingredient of french toast and bread pudding.

(Check out another pairing for Xmas – Wine x Christmas Ham)


3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
4 1/2 – 5 cups all purpose flour
12 tablespoons butter
1 1/8 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 eggs
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 1/2 cup raisins, golden raisins, currants, chopped citron, and/or chopped nuts
1 egg for egg wash
Glazed icing (optional)


  1. Heat milk on low heat until warm to the touch(about 100 degrees) and remove from heat. Stir in yeast and 1 cup flour. Mix well and set aside, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Add sugar, salt, eggs (3 whole and 4 yolks), vanilla, orange juice, and butter to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until butter is mixed in and broken up and mixture looks curdled.
  3. Add yeast mixture and pulse briefly. Add remaining flour, one cup at a time, and pulse until dough starts to come together.
  4. Pour dough (it will be sticky and wet) onto lightly floured counter and sprinkle nuts and raisins on top. Use a dough scraper or a large spatula to fold and knead dough, adding a little extra flour if necessary, until dough is well mixed and smooth (it will still be sticky).
  5. Using floured hands, shape dough into a ball and place dough inside of a 6-7 inch diameter panettone mold (or a bread pan, or a coffee can – something with tall sides).
  6. Brush top of dough with melted butter, then place in a warm place to rise. Let dough rise for 2-4 hours, until almost doubled in size. Brush with beaten egg.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake panettone until it has risen, is golden brown, and sounds slightly hollow when you tap on it gently (about 40 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool. Drizzle with glaze if desired.

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This entry was published on December 5, 2012 at 1:38 am. It’s filed under Wine & Food Paring and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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