When one thinks of christmas; the number of things that can come to mind is expansive. Things like mince pies, mulled wine, eggnog, candy canes and more are things with strong connotations to the festive season. Any single one of those things has the potential to trigger a carol… However, something that stands as an integral part of this time of year is the classic pannetone… And you can always count on us to add our twist to a classic recipe.
The addition of honey and espresso to this recipe makes for a flavourful bake that will leave your kitchen smelling like heaven for a good few hours. A slice of this, warm or cold, on christmas morning is the best way to start your celebrations.
540g of white flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
7g (one sachet) of instant yeast
200 ml of warm milk
3 large eggs
2 egge yolks
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
4 tbsp of espresso (We are using our Honey Espresso)
200g of melted butter
40g of sugar
1 egg beaten with some milk to be used as an egg wash
1. To start of, you want to line an 18cm deep baking tin with some baking paper. Make sure to leave the paper sticking out stalest 10cm above the top of the tin… its going to rise!
2. In a large bowl: Mix the flour, salt, yeast, milk, eggs, yolks, vanilla, maple syrup, coffee essence and butter together. Keep mixing your dough for about 10 more minutes (shorter if using an electric mixer). You should expect your dough to be quite sticky, like a really thick cake batter. This will ensure that you get that lovely spongey texture at the end.
3. Once fully mixed and combined enough, you can tip your dough into the tin and cover with a tea towel. Leave this for around 1.5 to 2 hours and it should rise to near the top of the tin.
4. Preheat your oven to 200C/180c for fan and brush your dough with the egg wash. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross along the top of your dough and sprinkle with sugar.
5. Bake it in the oven for 50 mins to an hour… or until its well risen and can easily be lifted out of the tin. Insert a skewer or a knife into the bake and if it comes out clean you know its done!
Thats that. Its a relatively easy bake if you get all the timing and measurements correct.
Now, time for a slice of this and a cup of coffee and perhaps a Christmas movie. Suggestions?
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