Panettones can be pretty hit or miss, buy a bad one and you’ll get a dry sponge with an artificial twang and no flavour. A good one however will charm your guests and add to the Christmas spirit, going down equally well with a coffee or a glass of sweet wine.
We have munched our way through tons of this deliciously fragrant sponge so that we can recommend the ten best panettones to you:
Waitrose Christmas Chocolate Panettone 750g – £5.00
This is baked using an old Italian family recipe and uses dark chocolate, lots of butter and a 53 year old mother dough. A great alternative for those who don’t like candied peel.
John Lewis Corsini Prosecco Flavoured Panettone, 800g – £8.00
With a hint of Prosecco, this would make a lovely gift as it is wrapped beautifully and contains candied fruits and sultanas. Made by the Corsini family in Italy who have been making traditional Italian bakery products for nearly 100 years.
Tesco Finest Amaretti And Amaretto Panettone, 750g – £8
Amaretto liqueur and amaretti biscuits are synonymous with Italy and adding them to a panettone is just kismet. Just the right amount of fruit and the liqueur gives a nice warm, boozy quality. Covered in thick chocolate and crushed amaretti biscuits.
Harvey Nichols Panettone, 1kg – £14.95
Made by an artisan bakery in North Italy, this has plenty of candied fruit and comes in a lovely package that features a snow globe so would be perfect for gifting.
Heston from Waitrose Black Forest Panettone, 750g – £14.99
Heston we salute you, not only has he transformed mince pies but he has used his magical touch on the traditional panettone. A black forest twist that includes juicy black cherries, chunks of dark chocolate and a hit of Kirsch cherry liqueur. Outside is covered with bitter dark chocolate and dried sour cherries. Made using a mother dough from 1964 with each cake taking 60 hours to make. Look out for the gorgeous presentation box.
Marks & Spencer Italian Panettone Classico, 1kg – £15
This is one of those panettones that would suit children more as it is quite sweet and there is no alcohol. Lots of plump sultanas and candied fruit and a very moist sponge which is covered with crunchy sugar sprinkles.
Daylesford Classic Panettone, 500g – £16
Packaged in traditional festive green paper, this is a delicious panettone that contains candied fruit, plump raisins and sultanas and sweetened with Italian honey.
Selfridges Selection Salted Caramel Panettone, 1kg – £25.99
With streaks of salted caramel running through the dough, this is not one for the traditionalists but if you fancy a change from all the candied fruit and sultanas it is ideal. Made by the Filippi family, a traditional Italian baking family in Northern Italy.
Cipriani & Fortnum’s Panettone, 1 kg – £35.00
Fluffy, light, sweet with a hint of booze and crammed with candied orange and lemon peel, this is a collaboration between Fortnum & Mason and Cipriani, made using an original recipe of Arrigo Cipriani, the founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice.