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If there is one Christmas sweet that has conquered the world, it is panettone. Who could resist a good slice of this soft sponge cake with touches of fruit and chocolate?
Orginally from Italy, it has gained mass popularity worldwide. It’s hard to find a Christmas table without at least one Panettone. Its dome shape is an immediate eye-catcher,and the aroma it gives off makes it irresistible not to mention its brioche-like texture that makes it impossible to not want seconds.
Good quality ingredients make a great Panettone
The better the ingredients the better the recipe. I can’t reiterate this enough, using the best ingredients really does make all the difference!
For me,the butter is perhaps the most important ingredient in this recipe. Panettone should smell like butter and taste like butter, so I recommend buying an organic one.Be sure to take it out of the fridge beforehand, you want the texture to be ointment-like to get this recipe just perfect.
Take your time
This isn’t a quick dessert, the reality is that a traditional panettone recipe can take up to a couple of days to make. Preparing this amazing dessert requires patience, various leavenings, a long resting time and a lot of pampering.
For today’s recipe I’ve cut down on the time a little but I assure you that the result is just as spectacular!This light and delicate Panettone dough will melt in your mouth and be sure to leave all your guests wanting more. I’m already planning to take one to all my family parties this year.
Versions of Panettone
These days there are many different versions of panettone,you can find ones with pistachios, or toffee and even white chocolate. Today I wanted to bring you a version that combines two classic panettones: raisins with citrus and chocolate.
The secret to this recipes success is that I used one of my favorite chocolates, Orange and Ginger Chocolicius.
Mix the water, coconut milk and honey in a bowl and heat in the microwave.
Add the yeast. Stir well until it everything is combined and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes covered with a cloth.
Mix the dry ingredients on one side: the flours, the protein powder and the chia seeds. On the other side, mix the wet ingredients: eggs, vanilla, date paste and orange zest.
Mix these last wet ingredients with the bowl of yeast that previously rested for 10 minutes.
Add the bowl of dry ingredients in little by little. While combining these dry ingredients add in the butter. Knead well until it is a consistent mixture.
Grease another bowl with butter, pour the mixture in and let it rest for an hour covered with a cloth.
Sprinkle in the Chocolicius chocolate pieces.
Grease a mold pan, pour in the mixture, brush with egg yolk and bake for 45 minutes at 190 ºC.
If you’re looking for something to top of your Christmas meals try this Healthy cup of Chocolate.