Serena, from Birkenhead...
Serena's Amazing Italian Christmas Bread.
When I moved to New Zealand 15 months ago, I was 17 and I couldn't fry an egg. My grandma put a book together for me with her favorite recipes and her mum and grandma's old family dishes.
This is a variation of a typical Italian Christmas pudding called "panettone". Grandma called it "Pane nero di Natale", "Black Christmas bread".
I hope you enjoy it as much as we've done for generations.
- 1 kilo plain flour.
- 300 grams sugar
- 220 grams butter
- 200 grams dark eating chocolate
- 150 grams pine nuts
- 150 grams sultanas
- 100 grams peanuts
- 100 grams dried figs
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup rhum
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Sift the flour in a bowl.
- make a well in the center.
- put melter butter and sugar in the well.
- knead for ten minutes slowly adding pine nuts, raisins, lemon zest, peanuts and chopped dry figs.
- Add milk and rhum.
- Shape into a ball and flatten.
- Draw a cross on top with a knife.
- Cook in the oven for about one hour.
- When ready cover with melted chocolate.
|Serves||Cooking Time||Prep Time|
|8||1 hour||30 minutes|