Create this Italian Christmas classic at home.

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 20
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Create this Italian dome-shaped cake at home this Christmas. Panettone is studded with fruit and nuts rises with yeast and is utterly delicious.
Leftovers can be used to create these delicious Panettone trifles.


  • 1 1/4 cup (200g) mixed dried fruit
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) marsala
  • 4 teaspoon (14g) dried yeast
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup (375g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar, extra
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 125 gram butter, chopped finely, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium_piece eggs
  • 2 medium_piece egg yolks
  • 1 medium_piece egg, beaten lightly, extra


  • 1
    Combine fruit and marsala in a small bowl; stand 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Whisk yeast, milk and sugar in a small bowl until yeast dissolves. Cover; stand in a warm place about 10 minutes or until frothy.
  • 3
    Sift flour, extra sugar and salt into a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture, butter, extract, eggs, egg yolks and undrained fruit mixture. Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon about 5 minutes. (Mixture will be soft like cake batter, but will become elastic and start to leave the side of bowl.) Cover bowl; stand in a warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  • 4
    Grease a deep 20cm (8-inch) round cake pan; line base and side with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm above sides.
  • 5
    Beat dough again with a wooden spoon 5 minutes; spread mixture into pan. Cover; stand in a warm place about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • 6
    Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • 7
    Brush top of panettone with extra egg. Bake about 1 hour 10 minutes or until panettone sounds hollow when tapped with fingertips. Stand panettone in pan 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto a wire rack to cool.


You can make baby panettone by dividing the dough evenly into a lined 6-hole (¾-cup/180ml) texas muffin pan at step 4. Continue recipe as above, reducing baking time to about 30 minutes.

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