Perfect Bread Maker Panettone – Christmas Made Easy

The Bread of Toni

bread maker panettone

As is the case with everything Italian, the nation’s Christmas traditional dessert, Panettone, has its history that goes back to the fifteenth century. 

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A legend has it that one Christmas Eve, while the entire court and guests of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan were sat at the festive table, disaster stroke in the kitchen. The cook managed to burn the dessert accidentally! 

Mamma mia, che dolore che faccio ora il duce mi va cortare il capo! (Oh, dear God, what a disaster, the duke will chop my head off!)

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While the unfortunate cook was pulling his hair off, a kitchen helper, Toni, threw a few ingredients in a bowl and made a soft dough he baked and served to the potent rulers of Milan. 

The sweetbread was so successful among the guests that the Sforzas called it Pan di Toni (The Bread of Toni), which remained in history as the rich people’s traditional Christmas bread. Today, it is the classic Italian dessert the entire world knows as Panettone.

bread maker panettone sliced

The traditional recipe for Panettone has a lengthy preparation process that takes two days. Thanks to modern technology, many of us use bread makers to save time and bake easier. If you own one and read through the manual, you might find a Panettone recipe adjusted to the type of machine you have. 

Just a quick word about everybody should use a breadmaker. To me, it became a vital kitchen appliance during my chemotherapy sessions, years ago when I was diagnosed and treated for cancer. I started using it during my brutal treatment and never went back to buying supermarket bread since!

I know what ingredients I am using (all the healthy ones, always!), I know what type of bread or cake I want, and this beautiful invention provides it to me, as simple as that! All I have to do is add the ingredients, choose the program and press the start button. Then I go on with my business and come back only when I hear the beep that tells me my bread/cake is ready.

A breadmaker is a fantastic time-saver, but the best thing about using one is the tremendous health benefit to you! Say adiós to refined sugars, GMO flours and all sorts of additives that come with a bag of sliced bread and start a healthier lifestyle; you owe it to yourself and your family!

This Panettone is an adapted recipe from my bread maker’s booklet. The original sounded a bit blunt, and I wanted to get all the flavours that scream Christmas; hence I added a few things, and the result was an absolute success.

My bread maker Panettone lived a very brief life on the kitchen table! But this was only a try. On Christmas Eve, I’ll be sure to throw all the ingredients in the machine, and while we make the last-minute preparation, my Panettone will be ready just in time for dinner. 

I’m sure our kitchen hero Toni would not mind that I wanted to save time and prepare his delight using modern means. It does cut the time from two days to three and a half hours!

baked bread maker panettone

As a last note, the dough for Panettone is a soft one, completely different from bread dough and impossible to hand-knead. Even if you chose the traditional method, you would still need a food mixer, and why not leave it to the bread maker then?

Ingredients for bread-maker Panettone:

2 tsp dried yeast (make sure it is suitable for bread maker use)

400 g strong bread flour

5 tbsp coconut sugar

1 tsp sea/rock salt

1 tbsp coconut oil (at room temperature)

2 eggs (beaten)

200 ml (3/4 cup) almond/coconut milk

1 tbsp orange zest

Spices mix (ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove)


50 g butter

A handful of raisins

A handful of goji berries

A handful of dried cranberries

2 tbsp cacao nibs

Chocolate shreds (I picked some from a cereal box and spread them on top of my Panettone; improvisation is key!)

wrapped bread maker panettone

The programme for this bread is Brioche (13, on my device); crust option: light; total time: 3 hours 30 minutes.

My machine requires adding the dry ingredients first; the wet ingredients go over the flour, and the order in which I add them does not matter.

My bread maker would beep after 55 minutes when it was time to add the extras. Then I have to press the Start button again for the program to continue.

Each bread maker functions differently. The important thing is that the machine will do the job and will let you know when your beautiful, fluffy and aromatic Panettone is ready. Let it cool and use it within a week (if it lasts!)

Buon appetito and also Buon Natale for when you will serve it at your Christmas dinner!

Bread maker Panettone

Bread maker Panettone

Try the famous Italian Panettone with a long and exciting history this Christmas, but give it a modern twist. Less time and effort, but the same incomparable, unmistakable flavour!
4.97 from 30 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 portions


  • Bread maker machine
  • Spoon
  • Small bowl+fork
  • Cooling rack


Basic ingredients

  • 400 g organic strong bread flour
  • 5 tbsp organic coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp dried yeast the suitable for bread makers type
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil at room temperature
  • 2 organic eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp sea/rock salt
  • 200 ml almond or coconut milk ¾ cup
  • 1 tbsp organic orange zest
  • 1 tbsp spice mix (ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove)


  • 50 g organic butter unsalted
  • 1 handful raisins
  • 1 handful goji berries organic, sundried
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 handful chocolate shreds or dry fruits for decoration


  • The programme for this bread is Brioche (13, on my device); crust option: light; total time: 3 hours 30 minutes. Check the instruction booklet for your machine to choose the right programme.
  • Each bread maker is different; my machine requires adding the dry ingredients first, then all the wet ones on top.
  • After 55 minutes, the machine would beep and let me know that it was time to add the extras. Then I have to press the Start button again for the program to continue.
  • When ready, carefully remove the pan from the bread maker using oven gloves.
  • Remove the Panettone from the pan and allow it to cool completely on a cooling rack before serving.
  • Each bread maker functions differently, but the end result will be a fluffy, flavourful Panettone ready in time for your Christmas dinner and a house filled with holidays aromas!
    bread maker Panettone


Bread maker Panettone is best consumed at the Christmas dinner after it has cooled completely. Any leftovers can be stored in a bread box and used within a week. 
Keyword Bread maker Panettone, Christmas baking, Italian Christmas Treat, Italian Panettone Recipe, Sweet bread

The Bread of Toni

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72 Responses

  1. Martin Coupland says:

    4 stars
    I’ve just made pannetone, following your recipe. I’ve been searching for a bread-maker recipe and yours seemed the simplest and best-regarded. We were given a beautiful one last Christmas, our first experience of pannetone, and were quite taken by it, which set me searching . The recipe, as you say, is very involved:
    In your experience, what would make it richer; extra butter or eggs?

    • Thank you for giving it a try, I hope the result was excellent!:) I always say that baking is biochemistry in the kitchen. This means proportion is the golden rule and other factors (such as temperature, for instance) will have an effect on the final product. For a richer taste, I would probably experiment with the extras – for flavours more than texture. This is the reason I improvise with dry fruits each year, depending on what I have ready for other festive recipes, such as my mince pies (you can check the recipe here: Butter would probably make it richer, but this is just my logic, I haven’t tried it! If you do, please let me know how it goes!

  2. Jacqui says:

    5 stars
    What a wonderful recipe! Anyone with a bread maker should make it.

  3. Maddie says:

    Hello! May I know how many pounds is this loaf? Thank you.

  4. GRETA TALAS says:

    5 stars
    Yummy bread. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Kyleigh says:

    5 stars
    Definitely making this for Christmas!

  6. Jean says:

    5 stars
    Time to plan for Christmas baking! This is so interesting.

  7. Bernice Hill says:

    5 stars
    Looks delicious! I always look forward to leftover too because they are great as French toast!

  8. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Lovely Panettone. I always buy one from a local baker but maybe this Christmas I’ll give your recipe a try. Sounds delicious and easy to make.

  9. Amanda Scarlati says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this for Christmas!

  10. Swathi says:

    5 stars
    This perfect panettone. I like that you made in bread maker.

  11. Audrey says:

    5 stars
    I love that you can make this in the bread machine!

  12. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    My family really loved this bread! Thanks!

  13. Amy says:

    5 stars
    I’m so excited to make this! Love that you can make it in a bread machine!

  14. Emily says:

    5 stars
    This is the perfect Christmas treat and looks amazing!

  15. Nora says:

    5 stars
    I am a huge fan of Panettone! Thanks to your recipe I can finally make one myself! Thank you!

  16. This looks delicious and a wonderful thing to make for the holidays! I also love the tradition part of this, making certain foods for holidays. Hope to try this one day.

  17. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of a panettone before, but this sounds lovely!

  18. 5 stars
    We are very familiar with Panettone, my husband being Italian. I’ve yet to try making it, but love the ease of this recipe using the bread maker. Adding this to my holiday baking list for this year!

  19. Stacy says:

    This will be perfect for Christmas. Can’t wait to try it

  20. Brianna says:

    5 stars
    I love panettone and can’t wait to try this for the holidays!

  21. 5 stars
    This bread was so good! Loved this!

  22. Rosanna says:

    5 stars
    Ahhh I’m so excited to find this recipe! This is great, I love panettone so much. Great recipe.

  23. 5 stars
    Yum! I am loving this pannettone! I can’t wait to make it again for Christmas!

  24. Toni says:

    5 stars
    No doubt this will be a hit for the holidays!

  25. Shilpa says:

    5 stars
    Wow.. I’ve always wanted to bake a panettone but never tried it coz it’s time consuming. I’m going to surely give this a try…

  26. 5 stars
    I love panettone and while I am reading your recipe I am transported back to Italy in my grandmother’s kitchen. It was always a treat to have a slice with a cup of tea. I have the fondest memories, thank you for bringing them back to me. I love this recipe and definitely will give it a try during the holiday season.

    • Aww, so lovely to hear this and that it reminded you of a great time in Italy! I am sure your grandmother would have invested the time and effort to make Panettone the traditional way!:) And yes, coffee is a must!:))

  27. Debra says:

    5 stars
    YES!!! I’ve always wanted to make this and now it’s so accessible with this easy recipe.

  28. Pam Greer says:

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this! I love making a panettone bread pudding and I’ve been buying the bread! Can’t wait to make it myself!

  29. Amanda Dixon says:

    5 stars
    This bread was delicious! It was so soft and perfect for the holidays.

  30. 5 stars
    I loved how easy and delicious this pannettone was! It will be the perfect to make for Christmas!

  31. Anna says:

    5 stars
    This homemade panettone looks so beautiful!

  32. Audrey says:

    5 stars
    Such a beautiful loaf of bread!

  33. Sue says:

    5 stars
    How wonderful this looks! And using a bread machine is much preferable to a two day process!

  34. Looks absolutely amazing! Thank you for this!

  35. casey says:

    This definitely looks like a holiday showstopper!! Thanks for the thorough guide!

  36. Sally says:

    What a great recipe. My family will love having a new dessert to devour. Thank you!

  37. Karine Gareau says:

    This is such a unique recipe, i’ve never heard of it. Might have to try it this year. Looks absolutely delicious!

  38. Trina Welch says:

    I wish I still had my bread maker… May have to invest in one again. Looks delish!

  39. I love Panettone but I always tought is made with a lot of butter, as the texture is similar to a croassant. Now I know why I should make it this Christmas. Looks like a healthier option. Saved it in my recipe book.

  40. Emily Flint says:

    This sounds delightful and I love the story! How fun to make and enjoy during the holidays.

  41. Ghanashyam K says:

    Never heard of this before but it looks absolutely delicious!

  42. Jenny says:

    I haven’t used my bread maker for years. I like bread too much so I had to put it away. But, now I’m motivated to try again. Your recipe looks delicious and it’s beautiful.

  43. Alex says:

    This panettone looks so mouth-watering! I’m just looking at your photos and I can feel how its smells 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  44. Jenn Summers says:

    Oh my gosh, I have never heard of this bread before and it looks and sounds so very delicious. I do not have a bread maker so I need to send this to someone near me who does haha. It looks absolutely beautiful too I love how you displayed it this would make a beautiful gift. Pinning so I can find it later!

  45. Brinda says:

    It’s a gorgeous looking bread. Thanks for sharing a bit of history about it.

  46. hari says:

    such a lovely recipe.
    wonderful to hear the historical stories behind a recipe.
    looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it in my home.
    thanks for sharing.

  47. Leah says:

    I’ve never had Panettone before! It sounds really good, though! Looking at the ingredients I can see how it has become such a popular dish.

  48. Thank you for this recipe and for sharing the history behind penettone bread. It sounds absolutely delightful as a Christmas tradition – and made even better by reducing the amount of time from two days to a few hours!

  49. This looks amazing! I need to break out my bread machine and get busy. These would make lovely Christmas gifts as well.

  50. Gabriela Herrera says:

    This looks absolutely amazing I been raving to my husband for a while about this type of bread and he has never tried it. Before going vegan this was my go to during the holidays.

  51. Christina says:

    I love Panettone for Christmas. The name always reminds me of my mom, whose name is Antonia (Toni for short) and made this bread every year. Great memories!

  52. Marita says:

    Delicious, my children love this bread.

  53. Was looking for a recipe for Christmas and here you are, perfect timing.
    On my list to be made as it looks amazing

  54. My SO is Italian, so Panettone always makes an appearance at Christmas and no one touches it. So I’ve started bringing it home to make a french toast casserole on Boxing day LOL. This homemade version looks phenomenal!

  55. jeannie says:

    this looks absolutely delish! I do not have a bread maker, but hopefully can try. But then I read two days to prepare, for now I enjoy looking with your bread 🙂

  56. Last Christmas was my first time making a panettone! I hadn’t actually heard about it until I watched the Great British Baking Show 😂 Your recipe looks so easy! Unfortunately, I don’t have a bread maker but hopefully one day I’ll get a chance to try your version.

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