Homemade Panettone with Red Star Yeast

What a perfect time to make this lovely recipe.  When I think of Panettone, I immediately think of Fall, cool weather, AND winter not far behind!  Every year during the holiday season Trader Joe’s will carry Panettone.  I remember trying the bread for my first time, and falling in love.  To have the opportunity to attempt AND have success at not one, but two loaves of Panettone….well…makes a heart happy!

Homemade Panettone with Red Star Yeast

This recipe is easy to follow, and fun to make.  Honestly, getting my hands in dough is one of the best parts of being a food blogger.  There are some recipes that you just look forward to making, and homemade bread is one of them!  If you are new to CafeTerraBlog, here are a few of the recipes I have made with Red Star YeastHomemade New York Style Bagels, Kale Chips, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Swirl Egg BreadButternut Squash Pizza Dough, Chocolate Coffee Pull-Apart Bread, Batterway Dill Rolls, Peanut Butter Batter Buns!

Here are some of the helpful resources I love using when making Red Star Yeast recipes – First here are some great links for lessons in yeast and baking, and my favorite resource is the dough ripe test.

Homemade Panettone with Red Star Yeast

Homemade Panettone

(Pronounced pah-neh-toh-nee) An Italian bread - anise, candied fruit and raisins are a delicious flavor blend in this sweet bread. Flavor improves when stored tightly wrapped.

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For Panettone:
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Butter
3/4 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
4 1/4 cups Bread flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Anise seeds
4 1/2 tsp Active dry yeast
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Chopped nuts
1/3 cup Chopped candied fruit
For Egg Wash:
1 Egg slightly beaten
1 Tbsp Water


In large mixer bowl, combine 1+3/4 cups flour, yeast, sugar, anise seed and salt; mix well. In saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120°-130°F, butter does not need to melt). Add to flour mixture. Add vanilla and eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in raisins, nuts, candied fruit and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on flour surface, 5 to 8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until dough tests ripe.

Punch down dough. Divide into 2 parts. On lightly floured surface, shape each half into a round loaf. Place on greased large cookie sheet. Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains after lightly touching. Combine egg and water to make wash. Brush loaves. Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.

You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use 1/2 tsp Instant yeast (or 3/4 tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast and Baking for more information.

Recipe Type: Homemade Bread


Homemade Panettone with Red Star Yeast
There was only one difference to my recipe, versus the Red Star Yeast recipe.  I used Divine Dessert Spice instead of anise seed.  Really it is not that different, because the Divine Dessert Spice contains anise.  So the flavor of anise is still in the spice, along with ground orange peel, lemon grass powder, cayenne pepper, sour plum powder, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, vanilla powder, ground clove, and coriander flavor…..AMAZING!  It honestly is my favorite spice these days, I love love using it in my baked treats!  You can try some of the Divine Dessert Spice at Pollen Ranch.  AND at the Fennel Friday Cooking Club we will be sharing some more recipes this month using the spice!  OH and I almost forgot, here is my Tart Cherry Souffle’ that includes the Divine Dessert Spice….that recipe was life changing!
Homemade Panettone with Red Star Yeast
Love warm bread, and loads of butter melted on top….who doesn’t right?  What is your favorite bread recipe?  What bread recipe makes you think of Fall and the holidays?



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  • Tutti Dolci
    Your panettone looks so good and would make such a lovely gift at the holidays!
  • Hotly Spiced
    That's a wonderful looking Panettone. I have actually never made one but I see them in a lot of shops around Christmas time xx
  • Angie
    HA! You are so ready for the holiday season! The panettone looks gorgeous.
  • redstaryeast_mod
    No need to wait until December to enjoy this sweet holiday bread! Love the photos, Terra. [email protected]
  • Oh yes - breadmaking season is definitely just around the corner here. Can't wait to start smelling freshly baked bread! This Panettone looks delicious and is one of my favorites. I always buy the BIG ones from Costco during the holidays. I really need to try making my own. Thanks for the recipe!!
  • Oh yes!I love the Trader Joe's Panettone but never attempted to make them myself!!Yours looks absolutely perfect and super delicious!!Would love to try it :)
  • kitchenriffs
    I love homemade bread! And I love panettone. We've never made it, although we really need to. It's not hard, but so easy to buy! ;-) Yours looks terrific. Wonderful inspiration - thanks.
  • Kate | Food Babbles
    I love panettone and your version sounds wonderful! I'm so intrigued by that divine dessert spice. It's sounds incredible. I think I'll definitely be picking up some for myself. Thanks for turning me on to it!
  • Hungry Goddess
    Girl. Just WOW. HOLIDAYS are coming! soooo gorgeous!
  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Stunning Terra! We have a big italian heritage here, and panettone is the most popular xmas sweet bread by far. But you get such horrible commercial ones, making it at home is always the best choice.
  • Como Water
    Is it that season already?!?!? My goodness, this year flew,no? And all I can think about is making a lovely french toast with this panettone! NOM! :D
  • The Café Sucré Farine
    Beautiful, beautiful bread Terra! Love that shiny exterior!
  • Whoa, you made your own! I do buy Panettone from Trader Joe's too. Now you shared this recipe, I am very much inspired to make my own version!
  • BakeItWithBooze
    Yum, this looks wonderful!