This was a big challenge! Panetone from scratch, home made not straight out a box from an Italian Delicatessen. A big challenge but what the heck that is the kind of gal I am! I started with the yeast and flour at about four in the afternoon, managed to get the whole thing to the last stage where it was rising in the deep tin and then went to bed. Woke up at 4 am and baked the Panetone and went back to bed. When my family woke up the next morning the aroma of fresh baked Panetone was all through the house. We toasted it or ate it fresh for breakfast, What a treat!
- 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup low-fat plain yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 500g plain flour
- 1/3 cup currants
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar
- melted butter (to brush, optional)
- In a medium bowl, combine yeast, water and caster sugar. Cover and let stand 10 minutes, or until foamy. Add eggs, yoghurt, vanilla, lemon zest and salt. Mix well. Stir in flour a little at a time until dough forms into a manageable ball. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary, until dough is soft and pliable but not sticky.
- Place dough in a large, lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Lightly grease a round 20cm cake tin. In a small bowl, toss dried fruit with icing sugar. Punch down dough, transfer to floured surface and knead in the fruit.
- Form dough into a ball, place in tin, cover loosely with the tea towel and let rise 30 minutes. (Loaf will rise above the tin sides.) Brush with melted butter, if desired. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until loaf is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
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