Every once in a while I’m sent something for my blog that knocks my socks off. And recently it was a bread machine cookbook, called 300 Best Canadian Bread Machine Recipes. See I love bread. If I could have it my way, and my hips didn’t mind, I would eat bread all the time. No kidding. Especially warm with loads of butter…mmmmm
So I thought that perhaps I might like this book, and was I ever right. I have made 5 recipes already from it (some of them more than once) and every single loaf of bread was amazing. Delicious.
This book is so good that I wanted to get this post up right away because honestly, I think this book would make a great Christmas gift.
So in keeping with the Christmas theme on my blog this December, I wanted to share with you a festive bread recipe…Panettone. Panettone, traditionally, is a bread originating from Italy, that is enjoyed at both Christmas and Easter. This recipe is not a traditional panettone, but a tweaked version of it.
And panettone breads aren’t usually braided, but I braided this one because I don’t like the shape of the loaves that come out of the bread machine. I like to use the bread machine to make the dough, then I shape the loaves and bake them myself.
This recipe is delicious! And makes a fantastic french toast!
- ½ cup milk (at room temperature)
- 2 eggs (at room temperature)
- ½ – 1 tsp salt (I always use less salt, so I added ½ tsp)
- 3 tbsp liquid honey
- ¼ cup butter cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2½ cups all purpose or bread flour
- 1 tbsp grated orange zest
- 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp anise seeds (I left these out)
- 1 tbsp bread machine or instant yeast
- ½ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup mixed candied peel (see notes)
- ⅓ cup candied citron (see notes)
- ¼ cup silvered almonds
- Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the raisins, peel, citron and almonds, to the bread machine, in the order listed above.
- If you are baking the bread in the bread machine, select Sweet Cycle.
- Add the raisins, peel, citron and almonds at the “add ingredient” signal. OR
- When the dough cycle is up, remove the dough, and knead in the raisins, cherries and almonds.
- Then let the dough sit on a floured surface for 15 minutes, covered with a bowl.
- After this time, split the dough into 3 pieces, and roll it out into long ropes, about 1 inch thick.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet, braid the ropes, pinching the ends together.
- Let it rise, in a warm place covered with a tea towel, for 30-45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
- In the meantime preheat your oven to 350.
- When the dough has doubled in size, you can add an egg wash to make the crust shiny. Just mix together 1 tbsp water with 1 egg yolk, and brush the surface of the bread.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes – until the bread sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.
Here are some of the other loaves that I baked from this book, and we loved!
So yum! And such a good book! I’m thankful to have been sent it…and anyone who loves their bread machine would love to have this book!
Have a delicious day!