How to make panettone french toast

Greetings, I’m Elaina, the passionate curator behind Flavour Food and Wine. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to a delightful fusion of Italian and French cuisines – Panettone French Toast. This recipe transforms the traditional Italian Christmas bread, Panettone, into a luscious French toast, making it a perfect indulgence for a festive breakfast or brunch. So, let’s embark on this culinary journey and explore the delicious world of Panettone French Toast together.

Panettone french toast Recipe

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Panettone french toast

Panettone reminds me of London. Yes, England. Why you ask? Well, truthfully, until about 2 years ago, I had never heard of panettone. I’m not a very big cake person (please don’t throw anything at me for saying that) so I may not be up on all the cake-y terms of the world. However, when I was working at the design firm in London, one of our top lighting suppliers was Italian and every Christmas, they would bring us lots of chocolates, alcohol and of course, many of these ‘panettone’. As I took my ‘cake’ home with me, I thought, I’m NEVER going to finish this with my rather bland taste for this type of confection. But I must confess, I took one bite and I was hooked. It’s not like any other cake, in fact it’s more like a really light and fluffy sweet bread…actually almost like angel food cake, which IS a cake that I do enjoy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine England
Servings 2 people
Calories 360 kcal


  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 saucepan


  • leftover panettone cut into slices or wedges
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ¼ cup of fresh milk skimmed or other
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Small knob of butter for frying
  • Maple syrup


  • In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
  • Whisk in the fresh milk and ground cinnamon.
  • In saucepan, heat the butter and add each piece of panettone and cook until brown and toasty on all sides.
  • Note: the interior will stay light and fluffy and delicious! Remove from heat, plate and serve with pure maple syrup. Easy easy easy.



So what is panettone? Well, it actually is a sweet bread which originates from Milan, Italy. The process to make the actual bread takes a bit of time, which really gives it its fluffy non-cakey-cakey-ness. [If you haven’t realized by now, I love making up words to describe things…it’s a lot easier than trying to find a real word to express what I mean.] The flavour profile found in a panettone cake bread is that of orange, lemon & raisins…with a whole lot of sweetness! This lent well to our creation of Panettone French Toast! And so, if you’ve still got some leftover panettone from the holidays (and I’m sure you do as this stuff lasts FOREVER), here’s a great recipe for you to try.
Keyword cinnamon, eggs, fresh milk

About panettone french toast

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Panettone French Toast is a delightful fusion of Italian and French culinary traditions. It takes the classic Italian Christmas bread, Panettone, known for its sweet, buttery flavor and dotted with candied fruits and raisins, and transforms it into a rich and indulgent French toast. This dish is a creative way to use leftover Panettone, turning it into a festive breakfast or brunch treat.

Cooking Tips

  • Use day-old Panettone for this recipe. Fresh Panettone can be too soft and may not hold up well when soaked in the egg mixture.
  • Whisk the egg mixture thoroughly to ensure the eggs, milk, and any added flavors are well combined.
  • Cook the French toast over medium heat to avoid burning the outside while ensuring the inside is fully cooked.
  • Add flavors like vanilla extract, cinnamon, or nutmeg to the egg mixture for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Top with powdered sugar, maple syrup, or fresh fruits for added sweetness.

Serving Suggestions

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Panettone French Toast can be served as a special breakfast or brunch dish during the holiday season. It pairs well with a side of crispy bacon or sausage. For a lighter option, serve it with a side of fresh fruits. A cup of hot coffee or a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice would complement this dish nicely.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use other types of bread for this recipe? A: While Panettone is ideal for this recipe due to its unique flavor and texture, other types of bread like brioche or challah can also be used.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time? A: Yes, you can prepare the egg mixture and soak the Panettone slices the night before. In the morning, simply cook the soaked slices on the stovetop.

Panettone French Toast is a festive and indulgent dish that brings together the best of Italian and French cuisines. By following the provided cooking tips and serving suggestions, you can create a memorable holiday breakfast or brunch. Remember, cooking is about creativity and personalization, so feel free to experiment with different flavors and toppings. Enjoy the process and the delicious outcome!

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