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- Ingredients for sweet bread for Christmas with kumquat and figs
- How to make sweet bread for Christmas with kumquat and figs
Traditional Christmas sweets - sweet bread for Christmas in Italy is called panettone, from the word 'panetto', which means 'small bread cake', and the suffix 'one' turns a small cake into a large one. Another legend says that this sweet bread for Christmas, however, like many recipes, turned out by accident and was made from leftover food by a cook named Tony. In its composition, sweet bread is similar to Easter cake, but it contains more dried fruits and less baking.
My sweet bread for Christmas has a very tasty "zest" - candied kumquat, if you do not find it, then replace it with candied orange or candied tangerines.
- Cooking time: 3 hours
- Servings: 6
Ingredients for sweet bread for Christmas with kumquat and figs
- 165 ml of milk;
- 14 g of compressed yeast;
- 25 g butter;
- 55 g sugar;
- 1 chicken egg;
- 280 g wheat flour;
- 50 g candied kumquat;
- 50 g dried figs;
- 25 g dates;
- 30 g raisins;
- 25 g sunflower seeds;
- 7 g ground cinnamon;
- salt, icing sugar.
How to make sweet bread for Christmas with kumquat and figs
Cooking butter dough. We heat the milk to 30 degrees, add sugar and yeast, monitor the degree of heating of the milk, because if it is too hot, it will deactivate the yeast and sweet bread will not rise. Melt the butter, cool. Mix the wheat flour with half a teaspoon of fine salt and sift.
Combine all the ingredients, add the egg, knead the dough for about 12 minutes, until it becomes smooth. Resist the temptation to add extra flour, knead the dough thoroughly until it stops sticking to your hands. Put the finished dough in heat for 1 hour.
Soak dried figs, candied kumquats and dates in sweet tea or strong alcohol (at your discretion), dry with a napkin, chop dried fruits finely.
Knead the dough that has come up, roll it into a round cake. We spread half of the chopped dried fruits, add half the norm of sunflower seeds and raisins, roll the fruit mixture with a rolling pin.
We wrap the dried fruits inside the dough, roll it out again, add a new layer of the remaining dried fruits and seeds.
Form a round bread. We put it in a baking dish or on a baking sheet. We put in a warm place for 30 minutes, and in the meantime we heat the oven to 220 degrees.
Sprinkle the bread with water, make a cross-shaped incision at the top. Make an incision with a very sharp knife, which is pre-soaked in cold water.
We put the bread in a preheated oven, bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
We take out the finished bread from the oven and put it on the wire rack. Be sure to cool the bread on the wire rack to preserve the crispness. If you put hot bread on a smooth surface, steam will form underneath and the crust will soften. When the bread has cooled slightly, sprinkle it with powdered sugar.
We leave the sweet bread for Christmas with kumquat and figs for a few hours, and then cut and serve with warm milk, tea or mulled wine, whichever you like! Bon appetit and Merry Christmas!