Panettone French Toast
(Serves 6 to 8)
1 (2 pound) panettone
2 cups milk
Grated zest of 1 orange
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4-6 tablespoons butter
4-6 tablespoons vegetable oil
Maple syrup and butter
Confectioners' sugar to dust
Orange slices (optional)
Cut panettone into 12-15 vertical slices, 1-inch thick. Cut the slices in half.
Combine the ingredients from the eggs to the cinnamon. Pour into 1 or 2
shallow bowls and add bread to the mixture. Allow to soak 2-3 minutes,
turning bread slices once.
In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil. Add a few slices of the
soaked bread without crowding. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until lightly
browned. Place the cooked slices in a 200 degree F oven, while cooking the
remaining slices. Repeat to cook remaining slices.
Serve with butter and maple syrup.
Dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with orange slices if desired.
8 thin slices panettone
2 tablespoons rum
1 tablespoon Marsala wine
1-1/4 cups light cream
1-1/4 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Grated zest of 1 small lemon
3 large eggs
Butter for greasing bowl
Preheat the oven to 325-degrees F.
Sprinkle the panettone slices with rum and Marsala.
In a saucepan over low heat, combine the cream, milk, cinnamon, and zest.
Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.
When the milk mixture is cool, beat the eggs and whisk into the custard.
Butter a deep 1-quart baking dish. Place the panettone into the dish and pour
the custard over it. Place the baking dish into a roasting pan. Pour boiling
water into the pan so that it comes about two-thirds up the sides of the baking
dish. Place in the oven and bake 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until set. Remove the
baking dish from the water and set aside to cool. Cover and refrigerate.
Run a knife around the perimeter of the baking dish.
Invert the dish over a serving platter. A little shake should unmold the pudding.
Completed pudding can be garnished with shaved chocolate, sliced almonds,
and whipped cream.