Panettone was something I had never heard of before until I met the half-German boyfriend. Panettone is essentially a loaf of yeasted sweet bread that is fluffy with an almost cake-like texture and is filled with candied orange, lemon zest, and raisins. In some versions it may also contain chocolate and/or have a cream center. I like to refer to it as a nut-free alternative to fruitcake that actually tastes good. Though, I do admittedly love homemade fruitcake, too.
Most Panettone loafs are pretty large and even though the boyfriend and I both love it, we can’t eat a whole loaf before it goes stale. I’ve never really been that fond of bread pudding, so my mind immediately went to making french toast with the leftovers. Lets just say that panettone makes such yummy french toast that I make sure to buy at least 1 loaf a year just for the french toast. So, if you love french toast and happen to be out shopping and see some panettones marked down for clearance (less than $5), you’ll be in for quite the treat! My favorite way to have it is with real maple syrup and butter and a side of bacon.
Pantettone French Toast Recipe