That takes a week to make. Plus an hour.
It's a big recipe. It requires time and love. It is totally traditional and completely amazing. Just like I hope your new year is going to be.
Time to dish.
Insanely time consuming completely amazing Panatone
**So the gist of it is this: You make a cool starter, which takes a week to develop, and there is some lengthy leavening, and then, there is Panatone heaven.**
Here is what you need for the starter:
- 2-2.5 cups of unbleached all purpose flour (measured out in 1/2 cup portions)
- 2-2.5 cups of whole wheat flour (measured as above)
- 3-3.5 cups of room temperature water (measured out in 3/4 cup portions)
Here is what you need for the Poolish (Pre-Ferment):
- 1/4 cup of unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of room temperature water
- 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon of active dry yeast
Here is what you need for the dough:
- 3 and 3/4 cups of unbleached all purpose flour (more if needed)
- 1/2 a cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of fine sea salt
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 3 large eggs
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of whole milk (no skimping here with less fat okay...)
- 1 and 1/4 cups of currants, soaked in warm water (or warm rum) for 10 minutes and then drained
- 6 ounces of candied orange peel cut into small dice
- 2 and a 1/2 tablespoons of honey
- 3 tablespoons of quality extra virgin olive oil
- Finely grated zest of three lemons and three oranges
- 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise, scraped and reserved
- 14 tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter
Phfeww! Are you guys still with me? Okay, here we go.
Here is what to do for the starter:
- One week before your Panatone dough adventure starts, get a bowl out and mix the following: 1.5 cups each of the all purpose and whole wheat flours and add 3/4 cups of the water. Stir into a batter like mix. Then cover with a cheesecloth and leave it alone for three days. Yep. Three. You will smell it baby!
- Now, uncover, stir together, and throw out half the mixture. This is the beginning of your started dears..Now add again as above 1.5 cups of each of the flours and 3/4 cups of the water, give a stir, cover and leave it for two days.
- At this point repeat the "feeding" process (same quantities of everything) and leave it for another 1-2 days until the starter is "ripe". It will bubble and smell sweet and lactic, kind of like yogurt, and a small spoonful will float in water.
Here is what to do for the Poolish (night before baking the Panatone):
- Get another bowl and mix the flour, water and yeast and let stand at room temperature for 10-12 hours.
Here is what to do for the dough:
- Yet another bowl must come out. Preferably one of an electric mixer or your hands will be really tired...Once out, blend together flour, sugar, salt and yeast. In another bowl, combine 3/4 cups of starter, all of the poolish, whole eggs, egg yolks, and milk.
- With your mixer on low, slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until everything belongs together. About five minutes ...Let the dough rest for about 20 minutes...
- Now, in another large bowl(have you kept count of how many we are at here?) mix together currants, candied orange peels, honey, oil, lemon and orange zests, and vanilla and put it aside.
- Butter time! Cut the butter into medium pieces, put between two pieces of saran wrap, then flatten out. Return flattened butter to fridge. Come on now! Breathe! You can do it!
- Mix the rest of the dough on medium speed for 6-8 minutes. With the mixer running, add the butter piece by piece until all is incorporated and the dough is smooth.
- Then take the bowl out of the mixer, using your hands now, add the currant mixture to the dough to incorporate completely, then take dough and put it in a huge bowl, cover and let rise for two hours.
- Turn dough once, then cover and let rise again for about another 2 hours.
It's time to bake!!! Haleluiah!!!
- Coat your Panatone molds with butter and put molds on a baking sheet. Decide your kick ass dough into rounds and place in molds about half way. Let the dough rise until it reaches the height of the papers, about 1-2 hours..I swear, we will bake it...
- Heat the oven to 400 with rack in the middle and bake! For about 15-17 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you'll know ...
Then dear readers, take it out, let it cool, and enjoy something from a time gone by.
Love and happy 2012,