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Jingle Bells = Christmas panettone + Christmassy cookies

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Christmas is in the eyes of the beholder. There’s nothing necessarily Christmassy about the cookies except the ornate decoration so no recipe here.

As for the panettone (please, pronounce it Italianly)…


“masa madre”:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • a pinch of yeast (you barely need any in December in these latitudes!)


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3 eggs
  • a couple of drops vanilla essence
  • 1 cup nuts and dried fruit
  • 2 tablespoons rum (or any spirited spirit you may find lying around)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Step by step

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the “masa madre”, cover and let rest overnight.
  2. Soak raisins in rum.
  3. In a large bowl combine 1. with flour, sugar, vanilla essence, orange zest and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine water, eggs, and honey, then mix it into 3.
  5. Once the dough comes together, add in butter and keep going until dough is elastic.
  6. Let rise until it doubles its size.
  7. Knead in raisins (and anything you like, really), form into a ball and place in a panettone mold on a baking sheet. Let it rise for a couple of hours.
  8. Preheat oven.
  9. Bake until your heart’s content (an hour or so, actually)
  10. Tempting as it might be, do not cut it until completely cool! Well, a collapsed panettone is still delicious, though less Christmassy.

About julia

Mamá Primeriza Añeja, Estudiante Crónica, Traductora, Teacher, Intérprete, Nerd, Conductora, Language Freak, Pastelera... and counting.

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