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Ricetta passo passo di Rolando Morandin

by Ada Parisi
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Il panettone milanese fatto in casa (ricetta di Rolando Morandin)

Homemade panettone, leavened the great par excellence, prepared following the specification of the original Milanese recipe. Preparato seguendo la ricetta del panettone di Rolando Morandin. And the result you see: I am satisfied, fatigue and sleep lost were not in vain.

Why l’yet another panettone?

Of course you can always improve, but I am satisfied: if you follow me on Instagram, in these years you will have seen all the path I have made and all my panettones. Now, on the net there are hundreds of recipes homemade panettone with yeast. So why write another one? The reason is only one: give you my personal advice and tell you about my personal experience. I start by suggesting you don't stop at my recipe, nor that of anyone else, but to read several of them, because in each you will find some helpful advice and valuable.


Let's start with some basic points: the Milanese panettone is made only and exclusively with the SOURDOUGH. You can not follow this recipe if you use the yeast. There are some with beer yeast on the net, They will certainly be good but is no recipe for panettone or pandoro. They're other sweets, with other scents, tastes and textures). If you promise you a cake in 6 hours for rising, it's not a panettone. And still, it's not enough to have sourdough, It must be in force, able to lift a heavy mass and rich in butter, eggs and more. Then, you'll have to refresh the yeast once a day for at least 7 consecutive days. The day when you will make the first mixture, you'll have to refresh him three times with the doses that will point.


The quality’ Ingredients must be of the best possible: fresh eggs, Yellow paste, spin butter, soft and fresh candied (not those shrunken supermarket, to be clear. I buy them patisseries of Messina) . And obviously the FLOUR must be a specific flour for panettone and large leavened products in general: I used flour for panettone Molino From Giovanna. With this flour also you have to do all the refreshments yeast. You must prepare the AROMATIC MIX one or two days in advance so that it soaks up. I used a custom mix, not as expected in the recipe of Morandin, because I added in small candied orange cream for a more intense flavor.

You need to prepare the raisin for the Milanese panettone yesterday. All the ingredients, sugar and flour excluded, must be cold from the refrigerator, as well as the bowl and the beaters you will use (hook and spiral) They must be put in the freezer for at least 3 hours before starting the first mixture. The room in which you will work the cake has to be cold, turn off heating.

Need a Thermometer from KITCHEN, because the temperature of the mixture is important. If the dough for the cake gets too hot to be cooled (in the freezer for 10 minutes) and if it is too cold the yeast will start with hours and hours of delay. The DOSES are for 2 panettone from a pound each, I think it is not worth to make one only. Remember to get a cake from a pound'll have to put in paper cups 1,1 pounds of dough.

The recipe for homemade panettone is long, laboriously, It will make you feel anxious and losing sleep: do not skip any steps, although it will be late at night. And know that, unless you're experienced enough of leavened or have not the classic beginner's luck, difficult to get a perfect cake. But you can always improve, and then you are done with your hands to your loved ones.

Il panettone milanese fatto in casa (ricetta di Rolando Morandin)

HOMEMADE PANETTONE (doses for 2 panettone from a one kilo)

Portions: 12 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 2 voted )



230 grams of yeast

460 grams of specific flour for panettone or otherwise force greater than 350 W (preferably between 370W and 390W)

180 grams of extra fine granulated sugar

260 grams of egg yolks (about 13 yolks, but always pesateli)

160 milliliters of natural mineral water

280 grams of soft butter (at room temperature 12 hours)


around the first mixture

120 grams of flour (the same one that you used in the first mixture)

12 grams of salt

30 grams of extra fine granulated sugar

50 grams of egg yolks (about 2 egg yolks and a half, but weight it)

60 grams of soft butter at room temperature

70 grams of aromatic mix

260 grams of candied orange and / or cedar

260 grams of raisins (* Read carefully raisins treatment)


50 grams of wildflower honey

70 grams of candied orange peel

seeds 2 Bourbon vanilla beans

the grated rind of 2 oranges and an organic lemon



The leaven should be refreshed as usual every day for at least 7 days using the same flour that you will use to prepare the panettone. For the cake you need the solid yeast, does not fit the Licola. The day when you will make the first mixture, expected at around 20, you have to refresh the yeast for three times in a row and, before making the new refreshment, wait until the yeast has more than doubled (It should double in 4 hours or less). The rising must take place in a warm environment, to about 28 degrees.
REFRESH FIRST (8 o'clock in the morning): refurbish 100 grams of yeast with 200 grams of flour and 100 milliliters of mineral water at 26 degrees.
REFRESH SECOND (12 am): refurbish 200 grams of yeast with 300 grams of flour and 135 milliliters of mineral water at 26 degrees
REFRESH THIRD (16 pm): refurbish 200 grams of yeast with 200 grams of flour and 100 milliliters of mineral water at 26 degrees

Homemade panettone


It must be prepared with one or two days in advance compared to the first mixture: pounded in a mortar and grind the candied orange cream. Add the vanilla, The wildflower honey and orange peel and finely grated lemon. Mix everything, covered with contact food film and stored in the refrigerator until used.


It is weighted, soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes, then drained carefully and wrapped in sheets of absorbent paper, layered, and stored in a refrigerator overnight (I prepared it together with the aromatic mix and left it in the refrigerator to drain for two days).


It must be dissolved in the quantity of WATER and the liquid stored in the refrigerator because it must be cold.


They should be weighed so as to have them ready when you do the first and then the second dough. the egg yolks must be untied with a fork so as to obtain a cream, covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator. FLOUR goes it sifted twice and stored at room temperature. BUTTER It must be weighed and left at room temperature for at least 12 hours, covered with plastic wrap: for panettone need a soft butter but you never even think about melt in the microwave.


Weigh the yeast, do it in small pieces and put it in the bowl of the kneading machine along with all the solution of water and sugar. Work the yeast and water with the leaf hook until the yeast has softened, it will take about 10 minutes because the water will be cold. Add half of the flour and mix until a thick paste, No clumps. At this point, remove the leaf and put the hook tool. Add more times the remaining flour, alternating it with eggs.

Be careful, because the eggs need to be added slowly so that the dough does not become too soft or too hard: as they add eggs and flour, the dough of the panettone will begin to take shape, taking what is called 'framing': a smooth mass, homogeneous and gradually more and more lucid, that twists like a rope around the kneading machine hook.

The scaffolding is fundamental for the success of a good leavened: if the dough tears and separates, it can be difficult to recover. Another key thing is the temperature; measure the temperature of the dough every 10 minutes and remember that a good dough, Eventually, You should never exceed 26 degrees. The closing ideal temperature of the first mixture will be between 24 and 26 degrees.

When you finish the egg and flour, add the soft butter, again on several occasions and always keeping the frame. Work at the minimum speed of the kneading machine so that the dough does not warm too much. If the scaffolding is well made, in about 45 minutes the first dough is ready: polished, smooth, smooth and elastic. When the dough comes off perfectly from the walls of the bowl leaving them dry, is ready.

Pour the panettone dough on the work top, Round off giving it the shape of a ball (pirlatura) and put it in a transparent container whose capacity allows the dough to triple the volume. Also take a graduated container (is fine glass of Pimero) and put 100 grams of dough: when the dough in the graduated container has tripled, ie reached 300, you will know that even the dough in the large containers will have tripled their volume and that you can proceed to the second dough.

The leavening must be at 28 degrees: I put the first dough into rectangular transparent plastic containers, covered with a shower cap disposable (new obviously), in the oven with light on and a thermometer probe that detects the temperature set to 29 degrees. If it sounds, Slightly open the oven to slightly lower the temperature. It is not possible to give you a precise time in which the dough can triple: it will take 9-12 hours depending on the closing temperature of the dough and the environment in which it is located. To me it has tripled in less than 9 hours. Remember to put the kneading bowl back in the freezer so you can have it cold when you start working on the second dough.

Il panettone milanese fatto in casa con la ricetta di Rolando Morandin


When the first mixture has tripled (don't discount the dough, otherwise then the second dough rising times will grow dramatically), place in refrigerator for 30 minutes so as to cool slightly before processing. While the dough is in the refrigerator prepare on the table all the ingredients you will need for processing.

Once after 30 minutes, put the first dough back in the kneading machine and start processing by combining the sugar first and then the flour: work the dough with the hook at the minimum speed for 10 minutes or until it is again. The duration of the machining of the second mixture should be significantly lower than that of the first: to me only it took 25 minutes compared to 50 of the first mixture.

Once the dough is again (mine was strung immediately, without any problem), add egg yolks in 3 times. When all the yolks will be absorbed, add butter to the dough, salt and aromatic mix, alternately in stages. When all these ingredients are absorbed, the dough will be shiny, incordato, smooth and, pulling a piece, you should be able to get the famous 'veil', a thin layer of dough, almost transparent.

At this point you just have to add the so-called 'suspensions', that is, the candied and raisins, cold and treated as I have explained above: add them and work the dough for a minute, then stop the kneading machine and flip the dough a couple of times with your hands and work it again for a minute. The suspensions must be well amalgamated in the dough, which must always be strung.

Once you have completed the second dough, put it on the work surface (Never use flour, the limit if you really must, you can lightly butter the work plan, but if you use a sheet of silpat or have the steel floor there will not even butter) and divide it according to the cups you have chosen: you have to get two loaves from 1,1 kilogram each if you have chosen one kilo each panettone. Round the two doughs by pinching them and leave the dough in the air for an hour (Pointing). The welding serves to relax the gluten mesh that was formed with the processing, making it more elastic and more structured. the pirlatura, which gives the dough a regular spherical shape and a certain height, it is fundamental for the subsequent development in leavening and baking of panettone because it causes the glutinic mesh to consolidate further by trapping air inside and creating a kind of drier and more consistent skin on the outside.

Il panettone milanese fatto in casa nella ricetta di Rolando Morandin

After an hour's rest, re-put the doughs and leave them back in the air for 30 minutes. After thirty minutes, do another pirlatura and let the air rest another 30 minutes, finally make one last pirlatura, the final one that will give shape to your cake and gently insert it into the mold.

The second rise should be, always theoretically, faster than the first: if the dough is well made and closed at the right temperature (About 25 degrees), it will take 5 to 7 hours, but as always it depends on too many variables. Cover the molds with food film and let rise to 28 degrees until the dough arrives at the edge of the mold . My doughs are arrived at the edge of the mold in 5 hours.

When the dough has arrived at the edge of the mold, remove the food film and leave it for 45 minutes in the air, so that is formed on a surface resistant film, which will then help you make the cuts to panettone without problems. After 45 minutes, put the dough gently in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to At this point the cake will be increased further, surpassing the edge of the mold. All you have to do is make the so-called 'engraving', or make a cross-cut on the surface of panettone, using a razor blade or the appropriate cutter, If you want, you can also 'shoe' the panettone, ie, partially cut surface 4 flaps of dough, to focus a little butter and riaccostare 4 flaps on butter. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

Bake the cake by placing it on a baking tray placed on the lowest shelf of the oven, so that the development of the dome will not be obstructed. A panettone from kilo must cook about 50 minutes and get to the heart at a temperature comprised between 92 and 94 degrees: I recommend you measure the temperature of your panettone putting a probe thermometer to the center after 50 minutes of cooking and, if he had not arrived at the right temperature, leave it a few more minutes. Remember, in the first 30 minutes of cooking, We must never and under no circumstances open the oven, otherwise you will lose heat and this will harm the development in the area.

Once cooked, panettone goes skewered with the special irons (I bought them on Amazon) or with irons sharp stocking (They will pierce the cups without deforming the panettone), flipped over and left hanging in the air for 12 hours. After 12 hours you can package it: I bought some very large bags and I sprayed them with plenty of pure alcohol at 95 degrees for food (they sell it in all supermarkets because it is used to make homemade liqueurs, It helps keep the cake and keeps it softer). In this way I guarantee (from experience) that the cake will last at least three weeks soft and fragrant. I can not tell whether it can last longer because our are over before, but have the patience to wait at least 5 days prior to sample your panettone, the taste will vastly gains. Have a good day!

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First Name*Martine 4 March 2024 - 14:52

Bonjour, Quantitiesd are clearly indicated. If I want to put chocolate instead of grapes and candied peels instead of candied peels, I could put half a crushed orange with its sugar pods. Temperature is 170ºC spinning heat or static? Thanks in advance. I'm learning right now.

Ada Parisi 6 March 2024 - 19:12

Bonjour, Chocolate panettone instead of raisins is more complicated to make because raisins provide hydration to the dough that chocolate does not. In fact, This makes it very dry, So if the rise isn't more than perfect, You risk the panettone being heavy because of the chocolate. In addition, It is not possible to replace candied fruit with fresh fruit, both because of the different percentages of water they contain and because fresh fruit behaves differently in the oven and makes panettone very perishable. Precisely because you're a beginner, I advise you not to change your recipe at least until you have some experience. Kind regards, ADA

Franco 25 November 2022 - 22:00

Hi Ada, Here I am again with your recipe (Last year I did five following it, and they all came out great: beginner's luck!). I noticed an inconsistency in the list of ingredients: Aromatic mix for two panettone, 70 g; but to make the mix put 50 g honey, 70 g candied orange peel. I thought it was an oversight and I put 50 g of honey and only 20 g of candied fruit, plus vanilla seeds and grated peel. Thanks for the clarification,

Name*Christof Kehr December 15, 2021 - 00:47

I am sorry, the translation is unfortunately so bad, that you prefer to try, this (maybe very tasty) Do not bake panettone or take any other recipe.

Ada Parisi December 15, 2021 - 10:18

Hallo, as you may have understood, Google's translation is subject to restrictions. The automatic translator works in short and simple recipes, but a long and complex recipe like panettone is hard to translate. I do not know, whether you will find Italian websites with a perfect German translation from a professional translator and not from Google. Excuse me, I speak German and can help you with doubts about a recipe, but this is particularly difficult to translate. ADA

FRANK October 25, 2021 - 23:00

Question: in the procedure, between one pyrlatura and another, the recipe says to let it rest in the air. A skin is not formed in this way? This could not harm the dough?

Ada Parisi October 26, 2021 - 11:05

Hello Franco, thanks for your email. "Si, a thin skin is formed on the panettone and it is necessary that it is formed because the dough must gain strength. More pirlature and uncovered rest times leaves to the panettone, the better the result. Even in the last leavening a crust must form, thicker, so that it can be cut in the center by performing the shoeing. Panettone is perhaps the most difficult recipe to experiment with, if you have never done so, follow the procedure step by step but take into account the possibility that the result of the first time does not live up to expectations. I don't say this to scare you, but from experience! A warm greeting, Let me know. ADA

Alda 29 December 2019 - 00:45

At what temperature must stand the oven?

Ada Parisi 29 December 2019 - 09:55

A static 170 degrees!

mikahel369 7 November 2019 - 00:46

complex but it seems very accurate and promising Recipe.
Unfortunately, some of the items that you put to the aroma does not possess them, I will make with the classic flavor panettone.
But in fact the aroma I saw that you did not put the butter together with the items you prepared and put in the fridge.
I usually put the butter for at least two days in the fridge along with the aroma drops, because then this goes to absorb the scent and then release it throughout its body.
but maybe you is not necessary because we will use those as candied, I have to settle for raisins and little else.
Beautiful recipe, however I will use some tricks surely.

Ada Parisi 7 November 2019 - 14:20

Hello, no for the cake with the natural aromas of the process it is always the one that describe, with the soft butter at room temperature. To you instead it used the fat of butter aromas imprison, otherwise percepiresti them. Thank you, a warm greeting and let me know. ADA


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