This Panettone Bread is an easy and delicious bread recipe. Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading then shape the dough into a braided loaf and bake it in your oven.
This Panettone bread is a slightly sweet bread with a hint of lemon flavour. It’s perfect served with brunch, Mother’s Day and Easter.
Make the Dough in a Bread Machine
I love bread. There is just nothing more mouthwatering than a freshly baked loaf smothered in butter! But the funny thing is I’ve never actually made bread the traditional way, which is strange because I grew up watching my Grandma bake loaves and loaves of home made bread in her kitchen on the farm…there was seriously no better smelling place on Earth than bread day at Grandma’s. I wish I had learned her bread making magic, but I never did. So my bread making skills, or lack there of, came from a bread machine that we received as a wedding gift. I have to admit though, that I love my bread machine…it’s the greatest invention ever. It takes all the work out of making delicious home made bread, as it kneads and lets the dough rise, then magically bread is created. But the one thing I really dislike about bread machines is the shape of the loaf after it has baked, so I actually only use the machine to make the dough, then I shape it myself and bake it in the oven. That’s what I did with this Easter Panettone recipe.
Shape and Bake in your Oven
After letting my bread machine make the dough, I removed it then kneaded in the lemon zest and currants before shaping it into a braid. Then I baked it in my oven, and ended up with at delicious home made loaf of bread that is perfect for Easter brunch. It’s moist and slightly sweet, with a hint of lemon…so delicious!
- Milk and Butter: Make sure your milk and butter are at room temperature. Cold ingredients do not stimulate yeast growth, so the dough won’t rise properly.
- Currants. If you don’t want to use currants you can substitute them with raisins, or any chopped dried fruit.
- Baking. You can either bake this bread right in the bread machine or in your oven. The difference will be in the shape: in the bread machine you will have a rectangular loaf, but if you prefer you can shape the dough into a braid and bake it in your oven (this is my preferred method).
- Prepare your pan: I lightly grease a large baking pan (like a cookie sheet).
- When is the bread done baking? The bread loaf will sound hollow when you tap the top, and the top should be golden brown.
- Freezing: This bread freezes very well. Just make sure to let the bread cool completely before freezing. I like to freeze my bread loaves in plastic bread bags.
- Tip! Don’t try to slice into your bread too soon after baking or you’ll squish it…ask me how I know.
- What do I serve my panettone bread with? This bread is delicious for brunch! Serve it with this crustless quiche or even simple bacon and eggs.
Adapted from 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn & Heather Butt
Serve this bread for Easter brunch with a delicious Asparagus Goat Cheese Fritatta! Head on over to the Kendall-Jackson blog where I’m sharing the recipe today! It’s a good one!
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