Panettone Bread Pudding #SundaySupper

Panettone is an Italian sweet bread. Traditionally it is consumed over the Christmas and New Year Holidays in Italy. The bread has a flaky, buttery texture that is laden with dried fruits and nuts. Most often citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are used but also can be combined with raisins. The baking process of this bread is a long one as I have found recipes that take a couple of days to proof the yeast and dough. I must admit, I love to bake bread, but not this bread. I buy this bread from our local specialty store when the Holiday season comes around and it is more easily found.

A great way to use Panettone besides just enjoying a slice with a cup of coffee is to turn it into the base of a bread pudding. It is a rich bread, sweet and fruity that makes an equally delicious desert. Perfected when accompanied with a mascarpone whipped cream and drizzled with amaretto syrup. Christmas Eve’s sweet bread turns into Christmas Desert at our house.

What you will need:
For the Bread Pudding

  • Panettone Bread
  • 5 Eggs and 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar…Plus a tablespoon for sprinkling over the top before baking
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ a stick of butter melted and ½ a stick for greasing your baking dish
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

For the Cream:

  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup of mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar

For the Syrup:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of Amaretto

To begin, preheat your oven to 350F. Grease up your baking dish with the additional butter. Then, cube up your bread and spread into that 9×13 baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine the Half and Half with the eggs and yolks. Beat to incorporate. Then add in your vanilla extract, salt, sugars and the melted butter. Once everything has been incorporated, pour the mixture over your bread. Let this stand for about 30 minutes or until the custard is absorbed by the bread. Then into the oven for 40 to 50 minutes. The bread will puff up as it bakes and the top should get a nice golden crust.

While the bread pudding is baking, I then put together the syrup and the whipped cream.On the stovetop, in a saucepan, I combine the sugar, water and Amaretto and let that boil into a simple syrup. Take care not to burn the sugars. For me, this means standing over it to keep a close eye on the pan. Once it has become the syrup like consistency, I let it cool in the pan before putting it into a mason jar.

For the cream topping, into my Kitchen Aide Mixing bowl, I combine the heavy whipping cream and sugar. Whip with your whisk paddle. If doing with a hand mixer, whisk away.Once the cream has solidified to soft peaks, I then carefully fold into it the mascarpone cheese. Take care not to over mix or you will lose the fluffiness of the whipped cream. The cheese really adds some dimension to the whipped cream and compliments the bread pudding.

To serve, I scoop out the bread pudding and place in a bowl. Then drizzle the syrup over the top and place the whipped topping off to the side. I like to eat this warm so I do not want the heat of the dish to melt my topping. My father prefers to put the whipped cream topping right on top and let it melt. To each his own right?

At this special time of the year the #SundaySupper mission of bringing families back together is as important as anytime. The holidays are a special time for tradition keeping and making. In my house, we have a blend of old and new, cultural traditions and just our own fun quirks. The importance of the season is not lost on us. The spirit of the Holidays is all around us and it is truly better to give than to receive.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays.

Enjoy 🙂

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My name is Shannon and I am married and the mother of 2 boys. This is my journey and musings as a self proclaimed County Girl, living in town, or rather in the village. I try to live simple, with my motto as Back to Basics. Enjoy life and the little important things that make it worthwhile. Welcome to my world : )

30 thoughts on “Panettone Bread Pudding #SundaySupper

  1. Oh my! I love bread pudding but have never tried it with Panettone… I can only imagine how wonderful it must be! Love that you shared it during this #SundaySupper. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  2. Haha panettone is a running joke with us – I swear the families in our Christmas gift group pass the same one around each year! Bet theyve never done this though!

  3. I love panettone – my in-laws have worked in an Italian neighbourhood for the past 30 years and every year they’re given panettone by their clients and friends. This of course means I get to indulge too (yay!). Using it in bread pudding is a brilliant idea (why’d I never thought of it?). Thanks for sharing – wish I had a big bowl of this creamy, indulgent dessert right now. Happy holidays!

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