This Cranberry Chocolate Panini recipe was a finalist in the Share The Very Best Recipe Contest, and was submitted by Susan Asanovic of Wilton, CT. Panini is reinvented as the ultimate comfort food with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate, dried, sweetened cranberries and milk chocolate morsels rolled into a butter-brushed bread. A fantastic choice to use as a holiday bread.
- 1/4 cup warm water, (105º F. to 115º F.)
- 1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active-dry or fast-rising yeast
- 1 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup milk chocolate morsels (optional)
- 4 bars (8-oz. box) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into pieces
- 1/4 cup OCEAN SPRAY® CRAISINS® Original Dried Cranberries, coarsely chopped
COMBINE water, yeast in large mixer bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes or until mixture looks creamy. Add evaporated milk, honey, 1 tablespoon butter and salt. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add 2 cups flour, a half cup at a time, scraping bowl often. Using wooden spoon, stir in morsels and cranberries. Stir in up to 1 cup of the remaining flour. Dough should stick to the spoon and clean itself from side of bowl.
TURN dough out onto slightly floured surface. Knead in additional flour to make a slightly stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes). Place in greased bowl; turn to grease surface. Cover; let rise in warm place for about 1 hour or until double in size.
PUNCH dough down. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Flatten each piece into 6 x 4-inch rectangle. Place one square chocolate in center and roll up. Fold ends under. Place on greased baking sheet(s). Cover; let rise in warm place for 15 minutes or until double in size.
PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Brush rolls with remaining butter.
BAKE for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on bottom. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Review This Recipe
Different and Delicious
This recipe was a very pleasant surprise. Not only easy to prepare but great flavor and unusual. Our family needed something different and we got it here with the sweet panini recipe.
THE BEST PANINI
I wanted to do a "DRY RUN" with this recipe - before using it for THANKSGIVING. . . just in case it was not a great recipe. WOW! Not only was this easy and delicious, it was absolutely foolproof! Who knew that cranberries and chocolate could be so good in a bread? A definite keeper! I will be making a DOUBLE BATCH for THANKSGIVING.
My Gosh! These are wonderful!
Everyone who tastes these raves and demands the recipe. I have limited myself to making them only once a month.... Really yummy, thank you for the recipe.
CRANBERRY CHOCOLATE PANINI
THE PANINI WAS VERY GOOD. NEEDED SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND EVERYONE ENJOYED. WILL MAKE THEM AGAIN.
worth the time
These were very good and the family loved this sweet panini. We hadn't really thought about a dessert version, but we'll sure keepthis one on tap