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  • Writer's pictureAja Lee Faassè

Panatone sans gluten!!

Panatone is traditional Italian Christmas bread with anise and candied orange peels, it has a very distinct European holiday smell, I love it, and so I finally figured out a version without cane sugar and without dairy and gluten that is pretty darn fantastic.

Ok so I use my Cuisinart Bread machine (worth every penny wether your gf or not, not only does it save money but you have fresh bread without going to the store, plus none of the weird ingredients that are in gluten free breads these days!) Another thing most don't realize is that a bread maker mixes all the ingredients, proofs, rests, and bakes all hands free! So you literally just load the ingredients in and then press start. PS, I am not paid by bread machines to say that.

For the panatone you can also just make the dough (in the bread machine or not) and then break it apart to make little rounds and bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about one hour but check on them! Should be just nice and crusty little breads that you can wrap up as gifts. If you are doing one large one in the oven I think 350-375 for an hour and a half should do it.

If you want to make your own candies orange peels (which I know i do!) just slice some oranges with peel on, shake up with some coconut sugar, bake at 350 until they are looking good. You can store them in a jar in the fridge for a quite a long time as well if you want extra or make them ahead.

Gluten Free Panatone Dough

1 pound loaf

1/2-3/4 cup whole milk I use almond milk or powdered milk in water, you can try anything here. Add a half cup at first and reserve the rest to see how it goes, also note if you are working at a high altitude to adjust for that as well.

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, I use dairy free butter and it works great

1 egg

1/2 tsp kosher salt

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

2 cups gluten free flour

2 tsp orange zest

2 tsp anise

3/4 teaspoons nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4 teaspoon dry yeast

1/2-3/4 cup of dried goodies, I like chopped candied orange peels and dried cranberries

If you are using the bread machine linked above just press the SWEET program and start, adding in the dried goodies when it beeps for the "addin" cycle.

If you are using the bread machine to just make dough (so you can make smaller ones in the oven) then just use the DOUGH cycle before placing them in the oven as listed above.

If you are using an oven just blend it all in a stand mixer or by hand, let it rest under a towel for a while if you can, and make small or large size at 350 like above.

A key trick for fresh bread with no preservatives, eat it quickly and its is best day one and 2, if it has cooled off pull it apart and put in a toaster oven right before eating and it will come back to life!

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