This panettone bread and butter pudding, I make every year for our Christmas party/open house. It’s become a tradition and a firm favourite amongst family and friends. Panettone is an Italian sweet bread that’s traditionally enjoyed at Christmas not just in Italy but also in many South American countries as well as some other European countries.
Now if you love baking and/or trying out new recipes, I urge you to try your hand at making your own panettone, like pastry, it’s one of those recipes that comes with a bad rep but really is a fairly easy one to master, albeit a little time consuming. One of these days, I’ll share the recipe I’ve been using since the 90s, courtesy of an Italian friend’s mum.
You’ve heard me say this before, nothing beats homemade, but that is really is up to you, there are some really good shop bought panettone about at Christmas, the ones made in Italy are usually the best, of course, if you have access to a bakery that makes them, even better!
I’ve been making panettone for many years now and it’s an exercise I thoroughly enjoy, both in its execution and of course the tasting. One of my favourite winter time indulgences is plenty of fresh homemade panettone, slathered in butter with a good cup of coffee on a cold, wet and windy day. Cold, wet and windy is de rigueur Christmas weather in the UK, so I get plenty of opportunities for that! I always make 2 panettoni, one for eating and one for this recipe.
Ok, so you’ve decided to buy the panettone, not a problem, but what about the custard? If you’ve never tried making custard before, now would be a good time! It’s super easy, and fairly quick too. All you need: egg yolks, cream, milk, vanila, cornflour and some heating and stirring – that’s all! Click here for the custard recipe.
What defines our panettone bread and butter pudding is the use of leftover Christmas pudding, broken up and scattered between the panettone layers. If you don’t have any, just use raisins and/or sultanas like in a normal bread and butter pudding, or omit the extra fruit altogether as the panettone is full of fruit already. You’ll find our Christmas pudding recipe here.
We like our panettone pudding to be extremely moist but crunchy on top. To that end, we use extra custard, especially as the pannetone soaks it up more than regular bread. Finish it all off with a layer of sugar, caramelised with a kitchen blowtorch or place it under a hot grill for about 2-3 minutes.
I’ve had this pudding the next day, heated up and to me it still tasted divine but then, I love bread and butter pudding! My sister in law thinks so too – that’s it’s amazing the next day!