When I used to work in an Italian restaurant, Christmas was a very busy season. Despite all the food that needed to be cooked and prepped for service, the chef made us stop working to enjoy an Italian Christmas tradition—eating and sharing a Panetonne. One chef would make the zabaione, an Italian custard, and we would all gather into a very tiny pastry room to rip apart a giant, delicious, fragrant Panettone and dip it into the zabaione. This 10 minute break taught me how to eat Panetonne like the Italians do.
If you end up with an extra Panetonne or two at Christmastime and can’t quite manage to eat it on your own, try making it into bread pudding. The bread is sweet, filled with raisins and tons of flavour. It may not look like the prettiest dessert you’ve ever served but it will certainly be one of the tastiest!
Panettone Bread Pudding
1 Panettone, sliced into 1½” thick slices
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups 35% cream
½ cup granulated sugar
Zest from 1 lemon
Zest from 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 13” baking dish.
- Layer the slices of Panettone evenly in the prepared dish. Mix the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, orange zest, lemon zest, vanilla and salt together in a large bowl. Pour the custard mixture over the Panettone ensuring most of the bread is soaked.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until the custard has set. If you want to bake the dish another time, cover with plastic wrap or foil and place in the fridge.
- This dish is delicious served warm with custard or cream poured all over top.
Miranda Keyes is a freelance food stylist, recipe developer and writer who used to live in London, UK but moved back to Canada for nanaimo bars, maple syrup and poutine. To learn more about her, follow her on Instagram @littlemirandapiggy and Twitter @mirandaak.