La Diva has hungry holiday house guests in her Miami Beach digs and was wondering what to serve for a special Christmas breakfast for them?
Panettone. You know, darling, that wonderful brioche-style sweet Italian Christmas bread with the raisins, chocolate pieces and candied orange zest? In Italy, panettone is served traditionally at Christmas dinner with sweet drinks such as Asti Spumante, Moscato D'asti or sometimes Amaretto.
But one year many Christmases ago, La Diva ended up with too many panettones in the pantry! So, what to do with all the lovely treats? Make french toast of course! Yep, for a decadent, once-a-year breakfast, get yourself a panettone from the grocery store. The bread is quite dense and rich so you only need one large slice per person for a filling portion.
Take the bread out of the packaging and remove the casing paper. Slice thin and cut into manageable pieces, about two or three per slice. Beat together eggs, whole milk, a dash of vanilla and cinnamon and stir. Then, carefully dip bread into egg and get to lightly frying in a skillet with melted butter. Cook patiently over a medium heat, all the sugar and fruit, etc. in the bread means it will burn easily, so pay attention. Keep cooked bread warm in a 220 degree oven wrapped in foil until you have enough to serve each guest. Serve with warmed maple syrup and powdered sugar along with sides of sausage and freshly sliced juicy oranges. Mmmmmmm.....
La Diva's panettone french toast is a special DIVALICIOUS treat for special guests on a special day, so enoy!!
NOTE: Panettone french toast also makes a lovely New Year's Day breakfast or nice addition to the brunch table.