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  • Lucia Borzillo

And Finally, I Made Panettone

Whenever I see a box of Panettone in a store I think of my Dad. Every Christmas he would buy Chris and I a box of Panettone. It was always too much for just the 2 of us, but it was one of those traditions.

Since he passed 8 years ago I usually buy a small box of the bread, they are so cute! I have always wanted to try to bake the bread myself. Hey, it's 2020. What could go wrong?!

I opted for the King Arthur Flour recipe for an overnight bread.

It was Wednesday night. A "blizzard" was predicted for Thursday. Going into work was not looking like it would happen. I went for it. I soaked dried cranberries, golden raisins and regular raisins in 1/4 cup of dark rum, Meyers, overnight. I made the starter and that sat over night.

The next I proceeded to follow the recipe. I put the dough in the oven to rise. The oven of course was turned off. What I do is boil some water and put a cake pan on a rack under the bowl of dough and fill the pan with the boiling water. I shut the oven door and ta-ta! We have a perfect spot for the dough to rise.

Of course I did not have the Panettone liner paper so I used parchment paper and the new 2 quart pan. It worked perfectly.

The aroma in the house was intoxicating. Perfect for a cold, snowy day.

We did not cut into it until this morning. Wow, that fruit tastes like rum!

Here is the link for the recipe. I would type the recipe out here, but I have to have another piece of this bread.

And with this I am finished baking for Christmas 2020. Oh wait, I forgot about the popovers... Merry Christmas to all and keep on baking!

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