This adaptation of french toast is a good way to get rid of that leftover holiday Panettone. You can serve this for Breakfast, Brunch or my favorite – Upside Down Dinner! You can use this same recipe for any kind of bread you have lying around. A bread that is going stale is best. If your bread is very fresh, you can lightly toast it in order to dry it out.
What is Panettone and why use it in French Toast?
Panettone is an Italian sweet bread customarily served around the holiday season. You can find Panettone in most supermarkets or Italian specialty stores. You can find it plain but it is commonly baked with raisins, candied fruits or sometimes even chocolate. The mild sweetness and the fluffiness of panettone make it an ideal choice for French Toast.
French Toast is a recipe that is close to my heart. My aunt would always bring Panettone when she would come over for coffee on Christmas Eve. We would leave the leftovers out overnight and my mom would always make Panettone French Toast on Christmas morning while we kids opened our gifts. It is the perfect balance of sweet, sweet and more sweet. What’s not to love?
Maple Syrup vs. Pancake Syrup
The answer to this question is usually dependant on your age. I recommend using high quality Maple Syrup for this recipe because it is much healthier for you. Pancake syrup is full of corn syrup and artificial flavorings. It also elevates the dish and gives a more robust and full bodied flavor.
Panettone French Toast
- 1 whole Panettone Cut into squares
- 1 ½ cup(s) Heavy Cream
- ½ cup(s) Whole Milk
- 3 whole Eggs
- ½ tsp(s) Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp(s) Vanilla Extract
- ¾ cup(s) Granulated Sugar
- ¼ pound(s) Butter Non Salted, Cubed
- 1 pint(s) Vermont Pure Maple Syrup
- Gather all the ingredients and begin with a clean and dry mixing bowl.
- Add the heavy cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon into the bowl.
- Begin to slowly mix all ingredients with a hand blender or whisk.
- Make sure the mixture is whisked or blended well. Everything needs to be fully incorporated.
- Heat a non stick pan and add a teaspoon of butter.
- Dip the Panettone bread into mixture give it a slight squeeze and place in your pan.
- Repeat this step for every piece of Panettone.
- Cook for about 5 minute on each side with medium heat.
- If you want a slightly crispier french toast, feel free to cook for a little longer on each side.
- Plate this with butter, maple syrup, strawberries, blueberries or any other topping of your choice.