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!


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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