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Everything you’ll need to create extraordinary holiday breads, including an impressive Italian panettone and a classic German stollen studded with dried fruit and marzipan. Plus, the technique for braiding authentic Easter bread embellished with symbolic bright red eggs. These are sure to be the centerpiece of your holiday table.
Watch This Week’s Baking Tip
Martha Stewart cools panettone by piercing each side with a bamboo skewer, flipping it over and hanging it between two jars. Hanging it upside down for a few hours prevents the panettone from caving in on itself.
This Week’s Recipe
This panettone recipe appears in the "Holiday Breads" episode on Martha Bakes.
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two 1/4-ounce envelopes)
- 1/3 cup whole milk, warmed
- 3 cups unbleached bread flour, plus more for surface
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten, plus 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pure orange extract
- 1 cup diced candied (glazed) orange peel
- 1 1/4 cups golden raisins
- Vegetable oil, for bowl
- Pearl sugar, for sprinkling, optional
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, for sprinkling
- Sprinkle yeast over milk in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the dough-hook attachment. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle 2 ounces flour (about 1/2 cup) and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar over top. Cover with plastic, and let stand for 1 hour.
- Add remaining 12 ounces flour and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, the beaten eggs, and the salt. Mix together on medium speed until dough forms a smooth, stiff ball, about 5 minutes. Add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix dough on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and add extracts, orange peel, and raisins. Mix until combined.
- Turn out dough onto a clean surface, and form into a ball. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic, and refrigerate overnight.
- Bring dough to room temperature, and divide in half. Form each half into a ball; place each in a 5 1/4-by-3 3/4-inch paper panettone mold or a small brown paper bag that has been rolled down to about 5 inches. Transfer to a baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly beat remaining egg. Brush egg wash onto panettone dough, and sprinkle with pearl sugar and almonds. Bake until golden brown, about 50 minutes.
- Remove molds from oven, and run two wooden skewers horizontally through the center of each panettone loaf. Hang loaves upside down by propping ends of each skewer on 2 large heavy canisters or cans. Let cool completely.
Yield: 2 servings
Additional recipes and video clips from the episode are available on MarthaStewart.com: