Whole Wheat Cranberry Pistachio Mini Panettones # Twelveloaves

Mild Sun filtering through clouds, the cacophony of migratory birds and the descending of fog
 announce the arrival of cold days here.
Winter tends to make the yeast languid. Breads take unusually long to rise. A whole lot of tricks are put into use to help the yeast work. In my kitchen, quick breads take the center stage then, hot soups are made, stews enjoyed and one pot meals become the order of the day.

Before winters set in here totally, there is a long list of breads that I am literally rushing to bake.
Here is the batch of whole wheat mini Panettones with Cranberry and Pistachios that I baked recently

Panettone is a festive Italian yeast cake flavored with candied fruit peels and raisins.
Panettone is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan  usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year (source - Wikipedia)

Panettone is a yeasted brioche bread, flavored with citrus, studded with dried fruits and nuts, and baked in a decorative round paper mold. Italian immigrants to South America brought this special cake with them, and it has become a beloved part of the Christmas celebration throughout Latin America, traditionally enjoyed with hot chocolate on Christmas eve.(source about.com)

Whole Wheat Cranberry and Pistachio Mini Panettones
Adapted from  myrecipes.com and improvised
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup warm water
½ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
½ stick (¼ cup) butter
¾ cup sliced pistachios
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries chopped into small pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
2 ¼ teaspoons instant dried yeast
1 egg
1-2 teaspoons oil to coat the bowl and muffin moulds.
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Add whole wheat flour stirring continuously till well combined. Cover and keep in warm place to rise for 1 hour.
In another bowl, combine butter, sugar and salt. Beat well.  Add an egg and beat till well combined.  Add the whole wheat flour and yeast mixture and 1 cup all purpose flour and mix well. At this point, you can transfer the mixture to a kneading plate and use your hands for kneading. Keep adding 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour while kneading as the dough will be very sticky. You can even oil your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Keep adding the remaining flour while kneading. Gradually the dough will become manageable, smooth and elastic. Once it reaches this stage, add sliced pistachios and cranberries.
Place dough in a large bowl coated with oil; turn the dough so that it is coated with oil. Cover and let it rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)
Coat 6 muffin moulds (I used 8 equal size steel bowls) with oil. Divide dough equally among the muffin cups/bowls. Make another batch of small size balls of the dough and place on top of each muffin. Sprinkle some pistachios on top. Cover and leave to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the muffins turn golden brown.
Remove from the oven and remove from the tray/bowls after 10 minutes.

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  1. Panettones looks superb ! Awesome clicks....

  2. Hey I am the first one to comment on this post.I came to your blog through our common friend Shivangi.You have a lovely space here.Definitely going to follow you.Very nice recipes indeed.

    1. Hello Abha,
      Thanks for your motivating words. Hope you enjoy my recipes and keep giving me your feedback which will be of great importance to me.

    2. Thanks for your response Namita.I love baking and feel exactly the same way about it as you do.I still have a LOT to learn and I feel your blog is going to be a great help.

  3. Looking very delicious. would love to have a piece of it.

    On-going event: healthy vegetarian side dishes.

  4. Last year I made stollen for our neighbours, this year I just found what I am going to gift our neighbours...thankyou for this wonderful idea and recipe Namita :)

  5. These little guys look sooo cute Namita :) Never heard of the name 'Panettones'. But they sure look yum! Lover the burst of colours the cranberries and pistachios are adding to the bake.

    1. Hello Nandita,
      I have added a small piece of information about Panettones. Thanks for getting it to my attention.

  6. One of my first Christmas bakes when I started blogging was a Panettone, though it wasn't as perfect as yours. I love the idea of the mini variation. Mine rose so tall I had a difficult time baking in my oven :)

  7. Wonderful dessert idea for my kid’s birthday party… My kid is only 6 yrs old but she knows exactly what she wants.. I am supposed to buy KDD harvest’s new cranberry juice, make some cup cakes with cranberries or pineapple and cheese garlic bread! I came across your post trying to find some nice recipe.. this seems very easy and tasty.. would you know where I can find these cranberries? I have seen the fresh ones but I have never noticed dried ones..

  8. Hello Diksha, i enjoyed reading about your daughter's choice of food for the party. God bless her and happy birthday to her. Diksha you may find dried cranberries in the stores. We get Delmonte here. You may even substitute cranberries with raisins or prunes.

  9. Hey Namita..

    I always wonder where you get the energy to bake such wonderful things and look forward to all your posts. Can you let me know how to make the eggless version of this and the substitute. Had a friend bring over a huge pack of cranberries and owe him something made of cranberry! Thanks!

    1. Hello Chaitra,
      Thank you for your kind words. Your appreciation gives me energy to come out with new recipes :) Chaitra, if you want to avoid egg, go ahead with the recipe minus the egg. It does not make a difference at all. I have tried many such recipes by avoiding the egg. Hope your Panettones come out well and make you happy.

  10. I want to try this recipe. Can you tell me a substitute for egg.

    1. Hello Pushpa, you may avoid eggs and go ahead with the recipe.

  11. Hello Binu, Your dough has fabulous ingredients. I am sure that you must have loved it!

  12. Wow! the shapes sound really interesting. I am happy it came out well :)