Monday, November 24, 2008

Panettone French Toast

Panettone is a tall, domed fruitcake bread. It's big. It's sweet. It's got fruit--and that must mean it's healthy! ;)

Originating in Milan, this big baby is now most often made in southern Italy and exported worldwide as a Christmastime treat. In my hometown--a decidedly Italian-American city--this tasty bread starts making it's appearance shortly before Thanksgiving and remains visible on market shelves through January.

I looooooove this stuff. It's just so pretty. And yummy eaten right out-of-hand. See that end slice on the right? That one went right into my mouth.


With a fine crumb, sweet taste and studded with all that lovely fruit, this Italian import can be a bit on the dry side--which makes it perfect for making into french toast.


Panettone French Toast

serves 1



1 large egg

1/2 cup milk

2-3 small slices of panettone



Whisk together egg and milk; soak panettone slices in the milk mixture for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side (you want the bread to soak up the liquid). Transfer each soaked slice to a buttered skillet over medium heat and fry on both sides until golden.


Serve as desired; I like it very simply with a little maple syrup.



Think of all the variations you could make with just one box of panettone--including monte cristo sandwiches (using some of your leftover holiday meats) and baked french toast for your holiday breakfast crowd. Kids and adults alike with love it!

9 comments:

Kathy said...

How funny - we seem to have been thinking along the same lines this weekend. I had some day-old fancy 3-raisin bread from the mark-down cart that I turned into French toast yesterday -- hadn't done that in years and it was delicious!

Maryann said...

It makes the best french toast doesn't it?

Amanda said...

Kathy--great minds think alike!

Maryann--it really, really does. Regular french toast just doesn't cut it anymore. What a wonderful discovery!

Lulu said...

I've seen this in stores recently, but I've kind of shied away from it. You have given me a whole new perspective now! This looks delicious!

Sam said...

I love panettone, it makes a great bread and butter pudding too!

Amanda said...

Oh, Lulu, you must try it! Sooooo good! Your family will be so impressed, too--it'll make you look like a rock star!

Sam, you brilliant man. That sounds FANTASTIC! Now I have to go make a bread pudding...

Lulu said...

I'll try it out on my family this coming weekend and report back to you!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

I loooooove Panettone too. It is part of our Christmas Morning Breakfast tradition. And we can't resist all through the season of Advent either. :-)

Amanda said...

Lulu--I'd love to hear how y'all like it!

Joy--it certainly is a special treat!

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