October 28, 2011 - 15:10 BST hellomagazine.com A stunning Italian Christmas cake recipe GALLERY Ingredients (Serves 6) Oil for greasing 15g/½oz fresh yeast 125ml/4½fl oz full-fat warm milk 400g/14oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting 3 pinches salt 2 medium eggs 80g/3½oz caster sugar 2 egg yolks 150g/5oz salted butter, at room temperature, plus extra, melted for brushing 120g/4¼oz mixed candied peel, chopped 60g/2½oz raisins Method 1. Brush a 15cm/6in diameter cake tin or soufflé dish with a little butter then line with a double layer of greaseproof paper, ensuring that you leave a collar of paper 8cm/3¼in above the top of the tin. Oil the inside of a large bowl. 2. Melt the yeast in the milk, stirring constantly to make sure it dissolves completely. 3. Sift all but 2 tbsp of the flour into a large bowl. Sprinkle over the salt and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast and milk mixture, along with the whole eggs and gently mix everything together to make a thick batter. Sprinkle over the reserved flour then leave in a warm place for 35 minutes. 4. Add the sugar and egg yolks and mix together to create a soft dough. Work in the softened butter then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for approximately 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic, then shape into a ball. 5. Place the dough ball in the oiled bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place away from draughts for 2 hours. 6. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch down. Gently knead in the candied peel and raisins. Shape again into a ball and place in the prepared tin. Cover the tin with clingfilm and leave the dough to rise in a warm place away from draughts for 1 hour. 7. Preheat the oven to 190°C, 375°F, Gas 5. Using a sharp knife, make a cross on the top of the panettone. Brush with a little melted butter. 8. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4, brush the top with more butter and continue to cook for a further 30 minutes. 9. Once the panettone is out of the oven, leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.