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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Panettone Bread Pudding, Home Grown Traditions for #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
                · 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 9x13 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.

 : )

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  1. I very much enjoy Panettone and your breadpudding sounds divine. Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays! ~ Bea @ galactopdx

  2. 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!

  3. Thanks! The bread it self is so buttery and good that it's even yummier as a bread pudding. Happy Holidays to you all!

  4. I love panettone! I can't wait to make it myself!

  5. Christmas in this country isn´t complete without pannettone, and this is the perfect way to use the leftovers, which are absolutely inevitable! Merry Christmas!

  6. I love this double duty bread! I'd certainly enjoy it for breakfast, but would love it even more in your fantastic bread pudding!

  7. I love panettone! It's perfect as is, toasted & buttered, and french toasted. This bread pudding sounds pretty awesome!

  8. Thanks everyone! Don't forget to try the mascarpone whipped cream. So yummy.

  9. 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!

  10. I first discovered Panettone last year. It is so good! This sounds like an absolutely decadent way to use it.

  11. Panettone is one of my holiday favorites. Turning it into bread pudding is a great idea. I bet it will become another holiday fave :)

  12. Oh, my, Shannon, what a lovely way to use Panettone. Anything with cream always gets my vote & the raspberries make the dish merry & bright =)

  13. Oh my goodness, the idea of turning Panettone into bread pudding is genius. My hubby is going to love this one

  14. Genius to use the Panettone in a bread pudding. And I have to make your mascarpone cream too - I think it would be wonderful with lots of desserts.

  15. Thank you everyone! Is it bad that I'm thinking bread pudding for breakfast all ready?

  16. YUMMY!!! I want this bread pudding now. Happy Holidays!

  17. Wow, this sounds incredible. What a combo, with the bread pudding and the mascarpone in the cream, amaretto syrup!

  18. 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!

  19. You are making me a big bowl of bread pudding right now. Gorgeous dish! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

  20. My mother loves bread pudding and I'm sure she'd enjoy this version!

  21. Bread pudding is awesome, and using pannetone makes so much sense! Love it!

  22. This looks fabulous. Panettone is wonderful. Such a great use for it.