December 27, 2014

Panettone French Toast Bake

On the Menu Today~
Panettone French Toast Bake 

In Italy, 
Christmas and New Year's would be incomplete without
a Panettone on the table.
Serve Panettone with coffee, tea or a Sweet Italian Wine
The flavor and texture of Panettone
make it ideal for French Toast or Bread Pudding~

This is the first year that I purchased a Panettone.
I'm sure you have seen the festive, brightly colored,
hexagon shaped boxes at various stores throughout the holiday season.
Every Christmas season,
I see Panettone but for some reason I have never purchased one.
This year I decided to change that fact and
I bought a Panettone....
Delicious, citrusy, and fluffy.

Panettone French Toast Bake is the perfect dish to serve on Christmas morning

Panettone French Toast Bake is Delicious~

This classic Italian Christmas bread,
is very light and airy,
not at all dense and heavy...
like other Christmas fruitcakes or fruit-style breads.
The fruit was in nice bite size pieces and
the flavor was citrusy and delicious.

What is Panettone?
Panettone is a traditional sweet Italian bread
filled with dried fruit and spices.
Unlike fruitcake,
Panettone is light and airy.
Delicious eaten sliced and toasted,
used in place of pound cake as a dessert or
used in this delicious breakfast bake.

Next year,
we're going to tackle a homemade panettone..

Panettone French Toast Bake

  • 2 loaves (2-1 lb. 10.5 oz each) boxes panettone bread
  • 6 to 8 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (heated to 70 to 80 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup
Cooking Directions
  1. Slice each panettone into large cubes. 
  2. Generously butter a 13 x 9 baking dish, place cubes in prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes in baking dish. Push bread cubes into egg mixture.
  4. Cover the baking dish and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove dish from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown and puffed.

Christmas, Panettone, ItalianBreadBreakfast, Maple Syrup

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and
Serve with Maple Syrup


*Duca Riserva Panettone
*Note: The views and opinions stated here are my own.
I have not been compensated by any company mentioned in this post.
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