Panettone is a slightly sweet Italian cake that you see around the holidays, typically containing raisins and candied orange peels

It’s one of our favorite cakes to eat as is, or… made into this delightful french toast

Talk about two cultures working together!

Now this cake is fantastic on it’s own, but we decided to take it one step further and make french toast out of it

What exactly is panettone?

The word panettone is derived from the Italian word “panetto” which means a small loaf cake

Panettone is a somewhere between a bread and a cake in taste.  It has a slight sweetness and is associated with Christmas in Italy. The dough for panettone is rich and contains a lot of butter and eggs. The addition of the fat to the dough gives it a very fine, tender texture.

Cut 2 thick slices out of the Panettone

Next we will need 4 eggs, 1/4 cup of milk, zest from 1 orange, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and some fresh grated nutmeg

Crack the eggs into a dish

Add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk together

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a non stick pan over medium heat

Place your Panettone slices into the egg wash and let sit for 30-40 seconds

Panettone is a soft cake to start with so over soaking it could cause it to break down

Flip and soak for another 30 seconds

Using a slotted spatula, carefully remove the Panettone from the egg wash and place into the heated pan

Cook for 2-3 minutes per side then remove to a rack

Allow to cool slightly

Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar

We served this with bacon and some syrup on the side!

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