My Unforgettable Experience With Panettone Bread!!!
375 ml/1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tbsp granulated yeast (1 1/2 packets)
1 1/4 tbsp kosher salt
170g/1/2 cup honey
8 eggs, lightly beaten
225g/1 cup/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 tsp orange extract
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1050g/7 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I used half strong white bread flour and half plain flour – this roughly replicates the protein level found in North American all purpose flour)
2 cups mixed dried and/or candied fruit, chopped (suggest a combination of two or more of sultanas, dried cranberries, dried sour cherries, candied peel – use about 50% candied peel and 50% other stuff).
Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)
Coarse sugar (demerera works well) for sprinkling on the top of the loaf