This slightly sweet homemade gluten free panettone (aka Christmas bread) is a delicious sweet bread to serve over the holidays. It is a celebratory dessert for the Christmas holiday, with raisins, cranberries, and lots of orange zest.

Two baked loaves of gluten free panettone bread on a rack.

This gluten-free panettone recipe has a new sort of record for my blog. The most attempts a recipe has needed to get it right. I finally perfected this just in time for the holidays!

I have wanted to create a gluten-free version of this recipe for years…ever since seeing the pretty box of panettone for sale at our local Costco store. If you are looking for another great Christmas bread, try my Gluten Free Stollen recipe.

a slice of panettone bread on a plate

Why I love this recipe

The main reason I love this new gluten free panettone recipe is that it is so light and fluffy. You can taste the orange zest and how it combines with the cranberries and raisins. This delicious flavor permeates through the whole loaf!

Making this gluten-free Christmas bread takes a little time, but it is worth it! While on the blog, check out my delicious Gluten Free Bread Recipes!

I made it today. It’s absolutely wonderful. I’ve been gluten free so long, I don’t usually miss things but I’ve always missed panettone. Texture and flavor are perfect. I might have to invent some new holidays so we can have it.”

Gail G.

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Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – This recipe’s best gluten-free flour blend is Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend. It tastes incredible and bakes up with the perfect texture. The second best is Cup4Cup gluten free flour. Note you may need to add more flour if you use Cup4Cup.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, you will need to add one teaspoon.
  • Yeast – I used regular yeast, not quick yeast. I suspect this recipe will also work with a sourdough starter made from mild gluten free flour. Double-check that the brand you use is gluten free. Red Star Platinum is NOT gluten free!
  • Milk – I used non-dairy milk, but you can also use regular milk.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter. You can use vegan butter if you are dairy-free.
  • Eggs – Use size large.

Absolutely delicious nice in fluffy made with GF Jules flour blend.”

Lucy W., Pinterest comment

I have tons of great gluten free Christmas recipes to try! Let me know which is your favorite!

Tips For Sucess:

  • Try to use filtered water when rising your yeast. It really helps the yeast grow more.
  • Make sure your gluten free flour works with yeast. Some popular 1:1 brands do not and state this on their packaging.
  • Be sure you soak the dried fruit until they are rehydrated.
  • Always double-check the expiration date on the package of active dry yeast.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

The yeast bubbling in a measuring cup.

Step 1: Proof the yeast in warm water. Make sure your water is no warmer than 103º F.

Photos of wet ingredients in the mixer bowl.

Step 2: Add your dried raisins and cranberries to a small bowl and boil water. Let the dried fruit rehydrate for 10 minutes, then drain off the water.

Step 3: Add the paddle attachment to your mixer. Soften the butter and add the wet ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the yeast to the mixer bowl and mix on low speed to blend.

Step 4: Add the sugar and dried fruit and blend. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and blend on low speed.

The photos of steps 5 and 6.

Preheat the oven to 200º F and then turn the oven off. This is where you will rise the dough. Remember that you only get one good rise with gluten free flour, so you want to get the dough into the molds before rising.

Step 5: This is a good picture to show you how wet my batter was. Note with the Authentic Foods GF Steve’s Bread Blend. It firms up a little more over a minute or two.

Step 6: Put the batter into a panettone mold. You can use any size mold. These are the panettone molds I used. In my testing, I found that this dough worked better in smaller molds than one giant molds.

Allow the dough to rise in the mold(s) for one hour in the warm oven.

Photos of steps 7 and 8.

Step 7: Remove the panettone from the oven. It should have doubled in size. Brush the tops of your panettone with a whisked egg. This egg wash helps make the tops golden.

Step 8: Bake at 350º F for 45-55 minutes. The bake time will vary widely depending on the panettone mold size you choose.

To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the panettone must be baked longer.

Step 9: Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly on a cooling rack. Optional: dust with powdered sugar.

A panettone cut in half so you can see the inside filled with raisin and cranberry.

Expert tips and recipe FAQ:

Why didn’t the yeast proof?

Your yeast may not rise well for a few reasons, including the water being too hot, it is proofing very slowly because the water is too cold, or you didn’t give it something to eat like honey or sugar.

Can you make this recipe dairy-free?

You can easily make this recipe dairy-free by using vegan butter.

How long will this simple panettone keep fresh?

This bread will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

What other fruits can be used in this recipe?

The sky is the limit. You can add all sorts of dried fruits and nuts. Some even like to add chocolate chips!

Slices of panettone on a cutting board.

More Christmas Recipes to Try:

Two baked loaves of gluten free panettone bread on a rack.

Gluten Free Panettone

Sandi Gaertner
A light and fluffy gluten free panettone for the holidays. This gluten free Christmas bread is an Italian cake-like loaf that is absolutely delicious.
4.88 from 16 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rise Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 slices
Calories 338 kcal

Equipment

  • Panettone Mold

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ¼ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast 1 packet
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups milk or non-dairy milk
  • 3 eggs size large
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water warm
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier Optional
  • cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries * see note

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, add the raisins and cranberries. Add boiling water to cover the dried fruit and let sit so the dried fruit absorbs the hot water and they soften for about 10-15 minutes.
  • In a bowl, add the warm water (no hotter than 103º), yeast, and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Allow the yeast to proof for 5-10 minutes. You want the yeast to get very bubbly.
  • Put the paddle attachment on the mixer. Drain the hot water from the fruit and add it to the mixer.
  • Soften the butter and add the butter, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and optional Grand Marnier to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the yeast and remaining sugar and mix on low speed.
  • Add the flour and salt and mix on low speed until the dough forms.
  • Set your molds into a pan. Add the panettone batter to the molds. Place in a warm area and rise for one hour. (I rise my dough in an oven preheated to 200º F. When the oven hits 200º F, turn off the oven.) The dough should double in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Place the pan with the panettone into the oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes, depending on the size of the panettone mold(s) you use.
  • To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the panettone. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, it needs to bake longer.
  • When it is finished baking, remove and put the loaves on a cooling rack. When the loaves are cool, dust with powdered sugar. Peel the paper mold off each loaf and serve.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend and Cup4Cup. You may need additional flour if you use Cup4Cup. I can’t say enough good about the Steve’s flour blend…it is amazing.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter, and use non-dairy milk. I used oat milk in making mine. Other dairy-free kinds of milk will work, but I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
  4. You can use any dried fruits in this recipe; make sure to let them soften in boiling water. You can also add nuts, chocolate chips, or other mix-ins.
  5. Really pay attention to the rise times so that this homemade gluten free panettone bread can get nice and fluffy!
  6. This gluten free bread will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 235mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 6gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 467IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 2mg
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This recipe was updated from an older November 2020 post with better directions.

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30 Comments

  1. Can you please tell me the size of mold you used, I’ve checked but found minis, medium and others plus the larger. I would like to be exact because this flour is costly, I like the bread and would love to make, thank you.

    1. Also, in the ingredients it says the butter should be melted, but in the directions it says to soften it. Which should it be? That could make a big difference to the final product.

  2. Hello Sandi
    I am in the process of making the Panettone but need to comment on information in the instructions. 1, it says put Water then yeast etc which i did
    continuing on and reaching the end I saw I was left with the milk!!! I think it should have read put the yeast in the milk ?? also no mention of when to put in the fruit, was just about to put into moulds when I saw my fruit beside the mixer. so quickly folded it in, probably just print glitch but could make a big difference to finished product,

      1. In the step by step instructions no mentioning of flour. That omission should be rectified me think?

  3. 3 stars
    I tried this recipe to the “T” and baked mine for 55 mins as it did not cook in 45 mins. But came out still a bit wet. Although the yeast were doing a great job but still didnt turned out like yours in the picture. 🙁 Not sure why. But will try again. Not sweet enough.

    1. Hi Eemie, I am sorry to hear it was a bit wet. Can you please tell me what gluten free flour blend you used, and what you used for the liquid? I am happy to help brainstorm the recipe with you.

      1. I used the Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Organic All Purpose Flour. I actually use skim milk. I would love to try again. The activity of the yeast was really good overflowed my mixing bowl so i thought it would be fluffed. I baked for another 10 mins. But nonetheless it taste goooood!

      2. Hi Eemie, I haven’t used that blend so I googled it to see the ingredients. The blend looks okay, the only ingredient I don’t know is inulin. I looked it up and it is supposed to be some kind of prebiotic to enrich foods. I have no idea if it affects this recipe or not. I will pick up this flour at some point and experiment with it.