A recipe from Adele, who is volunteering in Kora and fell in love with this Italian traditional Christmas dessert.

  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Type of Meal: Dessert
  • Season: Usually in Christmas time
  • Diet restrictions: Vegan and lactose free
  • Number of servings: 9-12

Carbon foot print of the whole recipe: 6.34kg CO2


  • strong bread flour 300 gr
  • plain flour 200 gr
  • dry yeast 10 gr
  • caster sugar 50 gr
  • salt 1 teaspoon
  • soy milk 320 ml
  • vanilla 1 tablespoon
  • vegan butter or margarine (room temperature) 200 gr
  • chocolate chips 200 gr
  • lemon zest 1 pieces
  • orange zest 1 pieces


  • Place the bread flour and plain flour in a mixer with a dough hook and zest the lemon and orange on top
  • Add the milk to a pan and warm it up slightly (it should be between 30-50°C not higher or your yeast will die)
  • Add the sugar, vanilla and milk (add the liquor here if using) to a container and combine then sprinkle the yeast on top
  • Stir and set aside to bubble for 1 minute
  • Start the mixer and add the milk mix gradually
  • Knead until it forms a smooth dough
  • Add the butter gradually and mix until it is fully combined then let it knead for a good 5-10 minutes or until it comes cleanly off the sides of the bowl and you can stretch a gluten window in it
  • Let the dough rise in warm, humid place for 1h – 1h30 or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough and add the chocolate flakes and the zest.
  • Knead until fully combined and add to a greased panettone
  • Cover it then leave to rise again until doubled in size. (about 1h30 – 2h)
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, don’t hesitate to leave in the oven a bit longer if it doesn’t look golden all over, you’re better off slightly overtaking than risking underbaking
  • Once out of the oven leave to cool for 10-15 minutes and then take out of the tin.


Instead of chocolate flakes, you can add raisins and sultanas.

Add powder sugar on top or almond flakes, for a snowy look and extra sweetness!

Buon appetito!

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