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.

3 Votes Since September 9th


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Sift the flour in a bowl.
  3. make a well in the center.
  4. put melter butter and sugar in the well.
  5. knead for ten minutes slowly adding pine nuts, raisins, lemon zest, peanuts and chopped dry figs.
  6. Add milk and rhum.
  7. Shape into a ball and flatten.
  8. Draw a cross on top with a knife.
  9. Cook in the oven for about one hour.
  10. When ready cover with melted chocolate.
Serves Cooking Time Prep Time
8 1 hour 30 minutes

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