Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Panettone Muffins: ABC

Happy New Year!! 
The ABCers are now baking from the King Arthur Flour site.  So many good looking recipes there.  I am really excited about all the possibilities!  This month Panettone Muffins were chosen.  I am embarrassed to admit, being an Italian girl and all, I have never really cared for Panettone.  I always thought it was too dry.  Of course I have never tried to make it, I have always had the store bought variety.   So I wasn't really all the excited about these muffins.  I have to tell you though....these were good!  I didn't have a good variety of dried fruits to put in them, I only used dates and raisins (what I left over from Christmas cookies) and threw in some pomegranate arils and they still turned out really nice!  I can only imagine how good they would be with a nice mix of dried fruits in them! I also did not have the fiori di sicilia 
so I used some grated orange rind. 

These muffins were moist tender and delicious! 

You can see what the other bakers did with this recipe here.


Panettone Muffins

king arthur flour


  • 1 1/2 cups diced dried fruit*
  • 1/4 cup apple juice, orange juice, rum, or a mixture
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Cake Enhancer, optional, for enhanced freshness
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 generous tablespoons coarse white sparkling sugar, for topping
  • *Our Favorite Fruit Blend — diced apricots, raisins, pineapple cubes, chopped dates, and sweetened cranberries — is a good choice here

1)Mix the dried fruit and liquid of your choice in a bowl. Cover the bowl, and let the fruit sit overnight. Or speed up the process by heating fruit and liquid in the microwave till very hot, then cooling to lukewarm/room temperature, about 1 hour.
2) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin. Or line with 12 paper or silicone muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely.
3) In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar until smooth.
4) Add the eggs, beating to combine.
5) Stir in the Fiori and vanilla.
6) Whisk together the Cake Enhancer, baking powder, salt, and flour. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
7) Stir in the fruit, with any remaining liquid.
8) Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups quite full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins generously with the coarse sugar.
9) Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, or until they're a sunny gold color on top, and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
10) Remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. Transfer them to a rack to cool.
Yield: 12 muffins.



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  2. Happy New Year to you too, Chelly. Your muffins turned out great. I really love dates so I can totally see how they would work really well in this recipe. I too didn't have Fiori di Sicilia so I used orange zest. Funny that you used orange zest too :o)

  3. Hi Chelly,
    Happy New Year!
    Glad to know that you like these muffins! Using dates sounds wonderful! I cannot find Fiori di Sicilia, have not even seen here before, so I sub with orange oil, turns out fine. These muffins are wonderful with a cup of tea!

  4. I love panettone! There are some really great ones out there. Turning it into muffins is a great idea!

  5. Happy New Year! The dates sound wonderful in the muffins. The muffins are such a switch for us. We usually buy a large loaf of panettone and I turn it into French toast! Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures with us.

  6. Happy new year hun! Your batch turned out lovely. I dont think iv ever had dates, but sounds delish!

  7. Ps Love that muffin tin, so cute

  8. They are beauties! And I'm glad to hear that they are moist - I never was too interested in Panettone, finding it too dry, either. I hope my package from King Arthur comes tomorrow and I can bake the muffins.

  9. Beautiful muffins, I have a lot of dates hanging in the pantry, will try them next.

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  11. Ah panettone can be really dry, you just never tasted a good one I guess :)
    Love your wonderful muffinpan, very pretty. Have a great new year

  12. I love that muffin tin! Does it hold a dozen? Where ever did you find it?

    1. Thanks!! It only holds eight and I found it at a local flea market for $3.00!! Ya never know what you are going to find there!

  13. Adorable. Although it must be fun trying to configure 8 muffins out of a 12-muffin recipe every time. Still, for $3 it was worth it even just to hang on the wall.

  14. I am loving the muffin tin too! Nice idea using the rind for the fiori. Loved reading your post.


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