RECIPE: HOLIDAY BREAD PUDDING

When I think of Christmas treats, many things pop into mind. Baking Christmas cookies, ooey gooey fudge, peanut brittle, Yule log… you name it and it is pretty much a given at Christmas time. While all those treats are great, I really like to kick it up a notch at Christmas parties or family gatherings and make my yearly panettone bread pudding. This sweet orangey flavored bread comes out around the Holidays and it is snatched up almost as instantly as the moment they put it out. Today I managed to wrestle my way through four stores to find this delicious bread and turn it into a bread pudding that you would be proud to serve at any holiday party. This simple to make recipe is sure to please anyone who is looking for a sweet treat that is buttery, ooey gooey, sticky, crispy, and sweet. 

Recipe serves: 15 adults
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40-50 minutes


INGREDIENTS:

1, 32 oz Panettone bread, cut into 1 inch cubes [you will use 2/3rds of the bread]
1/2 Stick salted butter
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup white sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 Cups Half & Half

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Mix together your eggs, sugar, vanilla, and half & half into a bowl. Set aside.
  • Using some extra butter, butter up a 13×9 baking dish.
  • Place your stick of butter into a large fry pan and turn the burner onto medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, turn the heat to medium high and evenly place your cubes of panettone bread in. Let the bread cook in the butter until one side is toasted and has a golden brown color to it. [Pay attention, as this bread can burn very easily!]
  • Once toasted, place your bread into the 13×9 baking dish. Pour evenly on top of your bread your pre custard mixture. Give a gentle press down so each piece soaks up the mixture and leave to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Set your oven temperature to 350.
  • Once the oven is ready place your baking dish into the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until your bread pudding is browned evenly and your custard has set up fairly well. Once cooked remove from oven and let cool to room temp.
  • Once cooled, place into the fridge overnight to set. You can serve fresh out of the oven, however it will have more flavor if you let it sit overnight.

You could serve this dish with some fresh fruit that compliments the flavors of the panettone bread. You could even use a caramel sauce or some whip cream on top. Vanilla ice cream works amazingly well with this dish. Whatever toppings you would like to add to your bread pudding is up to you, however this dessert by itself is also more than enough!

If you decide to give this recipe a try I would love to hear what you thought about this dish! As always, feel free to leave a comment down below, as I would love to hear from you!

I hope you are having a beautiful December, filled with lots of love and time with your families!

Until next time, take care.

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