Thursday, 3 January 2013

My Choco-chip and Walnut Panettone for the Daring Baker's!! Yes, I am the new member!!



Yes!! I have finally jumped in the Baker's bandwagon. This one being the biggest of all. I had applied to be their member in October and never received a reply till last month. I thought probably they carefully choose their members, not allowing novice bakers like me. But it all turned out a lag due to their updated website. And here I am very late but finally with my first DB challenge!
The most wonderful thing about these challenges are the regional bakes that we get to learn. I do not even know how to pronounce Panettone lest ever heard of them. As I learnt, Panettone is a traditional Italian Christmas bread. It is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan. Though many variations are available, traditionally it contains raisins, candied orange, citron and lemon zest.
This challenge was given by Marcellina who blogs from Marcellina in Cucina. She allowed us to be innovative and change the filling. My immediate thought was to try a choco-chip and walnut filling. What else could you expect from me!! 

Let me admit that this sure was a challenge as I spent literally the entire day in the preparation. The recipe is pretty easy but requires a lot of time. The dough needs to be rested long to gain the famous Panettone height. And it definitely is worth the wait. My bread rose like a dream and attained such an amazing height that I got in trouble while baking as I have a small oven. The baking tray had to be kept in the lowest rack as otherwise my Panettone wouldn't fit in and because of it I burnt my Panettne bottom. I wanted to try them as muffins so I baked just two and they attained a rich beautiful brown hue.

Ingredients: I halved the recipe
Sponge:
  • 1 1/8 tsp Instant yeast
  • 1/6 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
First Dough:
  • 1 1/8 tsp Instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/8 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
Second Dough:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
Filling:
  • 1/4 cup choco-chips
  • 1/4 cup walnuts


Procedure:
Sponge:
Mix yeast and water in a small bowl and allow to stand for 10 mins until creamy. Mix in the flour and cover with a plastic wrap or with a damp muslin cloth and allow to double in size for about 30 mins.
First Dough:
Mix yeast and warm water in a  large bowl and allow to stand for 10 mins. Mix in the sponge and beat well with a wooden spoon. Stir in the egg, flour and sugar. Mix in the butter well. Cover with a plastic wrap or a damp muslin cloth and allow to double in size for an hour.
Second Dough:
Into the first dough mix in egg, sugar, honey and vanilla extract with a wooden spoon. Mix in the butter and add the flour. Stir until smooth. The dough will be soft at this stage. Turn it out on a well floured surface and knead till it holds shape. Do not knead in too much flour.
First Rise:
Oil a large bowl and plop in your dough. Cover with a plastic wrap or a damp muslin cloth and let it rise in a warm place till triple in size for about 4 hours.
Filling and Final Rise:
Roll the dough in a rough oval shape and sprinkle half of both the choco-chips and chopped walnuts. Roll up the dough in a log. Press out again in an oval shape and sprinkle the remaining choco-chips and walnuts. Roll up in a log shape again and make it into a ball.
Line your baking tray with butter paper. Cut  6  long strips of butter paper and arrange them in a star shape and staple in the center. Plop the dough in the center and fold all the strips on the dough wrapping it.  Now make a collar out of the butter paper and staple it. Slip it over the dough and attach the strips of paper that covered the dough to the collar with staples. 
To see the step by step illustration please visit Gayathri's space here. She has given some beautiful illustrations for an amazing eggless variation.
Cut an 'x' on the top of the dough and let it rise for another 2 hours.
Baking:
Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius. Cut another 'x' on the top of dough and place a blob of butter.
Place your Panettoni and bake for 10 mins. 
Reduce temperature to 180 degree and bake for another 10 mins.
Reduce the temperature further to 160 degree and bake for 30 mins or till the tops are browned well and a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.


This recipe is getting Yeastspotted

Happy Traditional baking
Amrita

54 comments:

  1. Wow ! Its super softy bread...
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    1. Thank you Sangeetha, they sure were super softy.

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  2. We love having pannetone during Xmas time... wow yours look so fluffy!

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    1. I have never heard of them till date!! But yes they were super fluffy and yummy

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  3. congrats on selecting for Daring Bakers...
    This bread looks yummy...
    Would like to invite you for events at my space...
    Event : Agar Agar Recipe Contest
    Event : Cook like a Celebrity Chef

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    1. Hi Amy, thanks. Would love to participate in your events.

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  4. Congrats for being a member of Daring Bakers. bread looks Soft and must have tasted great

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    1. Thank you Swathi, yes the bread turned out great and tasted well too.

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  5. Looks so fluffy and yumm... Keep going gal!!! Waiting for ur bakes...

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    1. Thanks Vimitha for the very encouraging words...really appreciate

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  6. Good to know that you are the newest member ..Amazing texture ..

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  7. Bread looks so soft and perfect.
    Happy to follow u, wud be glad if u can follow back.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead :)

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  8. Super moist dear its come out very well.

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  9. Lovely cake , perfect for the festival.

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    1. Yes dear, a little late but perfect for the festival

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  10. Panettone looks delicious, it was on my wish list for long time till now I didn't get time to bake one. I will try soon.

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    1. I am sure you will do a much better job Swathi considering your awesome baking skills. Do try it.

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  11. Great recipe,looks so soft and yummy,Happy baking!

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  12. Congrats on the entry @ DBC.

    Bread looks so so spongy and must be tasting gr8!!

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    1. Thank you Latha..the bread indeed was a hit.

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  13. Hi Amrita, your panettone look awesome. Very nice and moist texture. YUMMY!

    Have a nice weekend. Regardsa

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    1. Hi Amelia, thanks . The Panettone was quite an amazing challenge, so glad I tried it.

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  14. Looks very new to me.but you done completely perfectly......so fluffy....
    Maha

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    1. Thank you, it was quite a challenge!!

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  15. It came out super well. It is in my to-do list for the long time. like this walnut version.

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    1. Thank you Uma, you must try this with an entire day in your hand!!

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  16. I somehow missed this! Welcome to the Daring Bakers! :) Your panettone looks fantastic! :)

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    1. Hi Jenni, such a pleasure to get to meet you via Daring Bakers. My Panettone was quite a challenge!! Glad I could make it...looking forward to the upcoming bakes!!

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  17. Wow so soft panettone well made dear!!!

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  18. Your loaf is so high, very gorgeous!

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    1. Mich my loaf was so high I had trouble baking!! Glad you liked!!

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  19. Loaf is so moisty and fluffy... and congrats for being the member of 'daring bakers'!!!

    http://www.pepperbowl.blogspot.com

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  20. Hi Amrita,

    Congratulation that you are now a member of Daring Baker's. I have thought of joining before but didn't dare due to my current commitments to other baking events... *sign*

    Your panettone look very soft and delicious. Indeed you are a daring baker!

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe, I guess I have taken a very daring step!! Loving it.Thanks for liking my Panettone.

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  21. Wow..perfect fluffy and yummy looking panettone..

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  22. Thats a beautiful and my kind of panettone,love to have a slice.

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    1. Hi Priya, how I would love to share this Panettone. Thanks for liking it.

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