I discovered a boxed panettone the other day at the back of the cupboard and thought to myself, “What on earth am I going to do with this now!”. Then we had some chilly weather over the last few days and a need for warm, comfort food popped up, as it does, and I decided to use the panettone in bread pudding.
Panettone is an Italian dessert bread. A sweet loaf, usually containing dried fruit and served more than often over Christmas and New Year in Italy and these days also throughout the world. The texture is similar to that of brioche and the way it’s prepared compares well to that of brioche, too. It’s a lovely bread and makes delicious French toast!
To add some life to the slightly stale panettone, I cooked up a delectable black cherry compote. After layering the the panettone slices in a buttered oven dish, I simply dressed it up with the delicious compote. Black cherries have a subtle taste, so it paired well with the panettone and also didn’t infringe on its flavour.
I made a large bread pudding, but individual ones look so nice if you’re entertaining. An old fashioned kind of pudding, presented differently, can easily become a hit and a real crowd pleaser!