I like to add some baking projects to the countdown and this year I have chosen mini Panettone (Italian enriched fruit bread.) If you make them now you could freeze them, but in my experience the paper wrappers come off when defrosting, so maybe better made just before giving, but why not have a trial run! They are best eaten within 3 days of baking, but if the go stale, they are gorgeous toasted or made into a special Christmas bread and butter pudding!!
I used the BBC Good Food recipe from here.
When cooled, I intend to make some mini gift boxes with my Silhouette Cameo to give them in.
You will need:
A quantity of Panettone mix from the above recipe link
A food mixer with a dough hook or a processor or a breadmaker using dough setting
1. Weigh out and combine the ingredients (except the dried fruits) mix on the mixer and leave to rise, covered with a clean tea towel and in a warm place, until dough has doubled in size.
2. Prepare the muffin pan by cutting twelve 8x8 inch squares of baking parchment and moulding them tightly around an upturned glass. (or buy tulip muffin cases from supermarkets or cook shops)
3. . Knead the dough again for a short time, to "knock it back" to size, then combine the dried fruits and add then to the mix by hand so they don't get broken up. (If using a bread maker, they often have a bleeper to tell you when to add the fruit. I used a mixture of sultanas, raisins, chopped dates and dried cranberries, for a Christmas feel.
Split dough into 12 equal portions (you can weigh each one if you want to be exact!) Shape each ball of dough into a round and place one in each muffin cup.
Cover and leave to rise again until the dough has double in size.
Brush the tops with milk before baking. (See recipe for cooking time and temp.)
When baked, leave to cool in the muffin pan before turning out.
A great little Christmas gift if wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow. You could even make a little breakfast basket up with some miniature jars of jam! Cute little teacher gifts too, but remember to bake them fresh!
Join me again tomorrow for another Christmas countdown project idea. Why not follow my blog and then you wont miss out on a single project!! TFLx