June 2, 2022 - 8:50am
Panettone - The Roy recipe
Made my latest batch of panettone using the Roy recipe from Chambelland's Sourdough Panettone and Viennoiserie. This is my third attempt, and my first successful attempt, with this recipe. It succeeded very nicely this time, producing a remarkably moist, light, delicate and springy result.
Fine tuning this bake will perhaps include slight modifications to the second impasto mixing process. This recipe is different from most, in that it includes both yolks and water added after the butter. This is like lightening an emulsion; it made me think of baking mayonnaise.
The dough had very good handling qualities. My pH is never in the zone, but always somewhat lower; still, getting very good results!
Amazing crumb, can almost taste it through the internet. Lovely bake indeed.
Glad you liked it! Thank you!!
They have the look of Massari's panettoni!
Your posts have been incredibly helpful to me!! From the technical papers, which I pored over, trying to understand the flora in LM, to your panettone bakes, I can't thank you enough!
I was just looking at your Panettone Paradiso post from 2013, thinking how similar it looks to this one! I have the Cresci book, and I'm going to check and compare the recipe.
I've been working on applying Chambelland's Universal Method, to be able to compare recipes more objectively. I think he is making one small error, but it probably doesn't matter that much because he applies it uniformly to everyone.
I have been making Giorilli's recipe, which I really do like, but this one is quite different. Not necessarily "better" but very different, with more emphasis on butter, and the water & yolks at the end of mixing. Quite a soft and silky dough.
Glad to be of help Sue. As you have seen I have been working on LM and Grandi lievitati for quite some years now!
It's clear to me the ‘Paradiso’ is from Achille Zoia, the co-author of Cresci, based on the formulaic structure. While added yeast is included, the same basic formula can be found in other publications, without the added yeast and in the classico type (candied orange, candied citron, sultana raisins). Because of that I chose to skip the added yeast when making the ‘Paradiso’.
No book is free of errors such as typos, theory, application methodologies. I communicated with Thomas to let him know about one particular point of theory in the book that was inaccurate, kindly he responded early the next day and said he would ‘change it immediately’!
Indeed, Roy's panettone formula includes higher levels of butter and also includes water in the second dough, to make what must be a very soft dough, certainly that appears to be the case when I looked at his Instagram. It is this point of difference that leads to the very open crumb which I originally saw as an American take on panettone but I have since discovered that Italian maestro Gino Fabbri's panettone formula to be almost identical to Roy's.
EDIT: Sorry, Fabbri not Fabri.
Thank you, I will look at Gino Fabri's formula!
Roy's bake day refreshes end up with just under 45% hydration LM. Chambelland's analysis appears to assume a lower hydration LM. I found about a point difference in dough Hu from this. I don't think it's a significant issue.
I just bought Chambelland's Sourdough Baking - a Treatise, looking forward to reading it. I also found some of his videos to be extremely helpful. I'm looking for ways to improve my LM, so that pH in the dough hits higher. How to favor lactic development I think...
Curious about the error(s) you mention. Would you happen to remember the details? Is there an errata for the book somewhere...or maybe another edition coming out (The "change it immediately" phrase suggests to me that some updates were/are made/underway)?
If I recall correctly, the tables in Chambelland's panettone book calculate Hu, factoring in the water in the lievito madre within the dough. However, not all recipes have the same percent moisture in the LM, Roy's as an example.
In retrospect, it's a small matter, just something that I think I noticed.
I believe this was directed at me. There have been some iterations of errata pushed out over email, but not in recent times and they only correct typos as typical with errata.
However, there are errors in the theory which I communicated with Thomas. I've yet to see them corrected. See below:
It's undissociated acetic acid that migrates into yeast cells and not acetate! This mistake repeats throughout the text and even makes its way into his follow up book.
Only undissociated acids can pass through the yeast cell wall.
Acids occur in undissociated form in greater numbers below the pKa of the acid.
Kazachstania humilis / milleri is actually known for its strong tolerance to acetic acid unlike other common fermentative yeasts such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
In one oft-referenced paper Michael Ganzle described how yeasts have a competitive advantage over Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis below pH4.5 which does not agree with Teffri-Chambelland.
The crux of the above he agreed with and said about updating it immediately...
Wow, goes to show that your technical knowledge is way above my own. (But then again, I've only done about a year of dabbling so far.)
I read these more "technical" books precisely for the nitty-gritty details so it sucks that most of these errors aren't super obvious (at least to me, which doesn't say a lot lol). Thank you for corrections!
Well done Sue - you seem to have got the panetonne nailed down. Sometimes I think I will jump in - and then sanity prevails....
It really is fun baking this!
Sue, how are you enjoying that spiral mixer?
That mixer is incredible! It really can mix anything. It takes some practice to use it well, but it's worth it.
Cleanup isn't too bad, because the head tilts up, and the bowl is removable.
Thank you very much!
The topping! The crumb! Where is the smell-o-vision? Pure delight for the eyes!
Thank you for saying that! It's very encouraging! Worked for months to get to this point with panettone, and *maybe* it's all downhill from here, we'll see!
Wow Sue that is just incredible, both inside and out. The crumb is beautifully open, I bet it tastes amazing, well done!!
It is definitely the best bake so far, and I am really happy with the result!