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Italian Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding

Italian Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding In Baking Dish

PANETTONE BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING TAKES ITALIAN CHRISTMAS CAKE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

A classic British Bread and Pudding dessert was taken to a whole other level using traditional Italian Panettone cake.

Panettone 101

What is the Italian Panettone?

Panettone in English is simply a rich Italian Christmas cake filled with eggs, dried fruits and butter.

Personally, I would have never thought to make bread and butter pudding with Pannetone.

I once made an Italian French Toast using the Panettone which is just another way to switch things ups using different ingredients.

This is just one of those oven dishes that you know you are going to love just by looking at the pictures.

Nicola a CBB recipe creator spares no detail when it comes to this pudding and wants you all to try it.

She also gives us the “Budget Breakdown” so you can see this frugal dessert won’t cost you lots of money to make.

Creating Panettone Bread Pudding

Bauli Italian Panettone Cake

This pudding just melts in your mouth with the pairing of lemon and orange flavours of the Panettone bread.

Served hot with a touch of cream it would satisfy anybody’s sweet tooth in a second.

Italian Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding is pure indulgence, something that anybody can easily make at home.

It can be eaten hot or cold either way you may never go back to the old way if making this pudding. 

Traditional British Bread and Butter Pudding

My dad always made it and he used just plain old-fashioned white bread.

We always had it with English custard but I think my recipe even though I say it myself is up there in the “wow factor” of bread puddings.

I love Italian food from Pizza to Pasta to something sweet like a Tiramisu.

Italians use very diverse ingredients in their cooking which you can adapt to almost anything you make.

That’s when I thought why not try using the Italian sweet bread Panettone to make a very British pudding.

Panettone bread is comparable to we call fruit bread in Britain with orange and lemon peel with raisins scattered through it.

 Originally from Milan, Italy this sweet bread is usually eaten around Christmas and to celebrate New Years’.

It’s really quite easy to make and you could probably add fruit too like blackberries or even strawberries.

– Nicola Don

British Family Recipes

What do you need to move to Canada you ask?

I get this question all the time and it’s more than packing boxes and filling out paperwork for immigration.

Not only did I need my UK passport when I moved to Canada I needed to bring over the British family traditions that I grew up with.

You’re never far away from home even if you live thousands of miles away.

Although you can find traditional British pub food and dessert in pubs like

  • Fish and chips
  • Bangers and mash
  • Toad in a hole
  • Yorkshire pudding
  • Spotted dick

You can also bring home the traditional British foods to your own family by preparing them yourself.

Bread and Butter pudding is one of the best British recipes that my friends and family enjoy and request I make when we are hosting a dinner party.

Growing up my mum had her apron on up early in the morning baking bread and the house smelled so good.

My mum always was and still is as passionate about cooking as my dad is about DIY.

I think that’s why I captured the best of both worlds when it comes to enjoying the kitchen and being a handy guy.

Culture in the UK not only stems around Royalty and a history filled with champion and sorrow we are also passionate about our gardens, food, and music. 

My mum enjoyed cooking and taught me how to prepare British dessert recipes and main dishes because she wanted me to carry over the tradition to my family.

Bread Pudding vs. Bread and Butter Pudding

panettone bread pudding

In my opinion, there is a difference between bread pudding and bread and butter pudding so don’t get the two mixed up.

I was more of a fan of the bread and butter pudding because it was more like a pudding that was creamy in your mouth with a crunchy topping.

Bread pudding, on the other hand, was too stodgy for me (thick and boring).

My mum might have made it every couple of months when I lived at home as it was my dad’s favourite.

She also loads is up with raisins which I enjoy.

There are so many recipes for bread and butter pudding and although I really do fancy my mums I decided to create my own.

I’m definitely going to give Nicola’s recipe a whirl next time I get my hands on a Panettone cake.

If we are inviting friends over or for a weeknight dinner I want something easy and fast to make.

I created a version of bread and butter pudding with normal day-old white bread which I will soak it in coconut milk, cardamom, egg mixture apart from the more traditional dessert my mum makes.

The coconut milk takes the dish to a whole other level in the flavour department.

I sprinkle the top with sugar and bake it until it is crispy otherwise to me it’s no good. 

When you make either one it’s imperative that you bake it until the top is crispy because you don’t want a soggy bread pudding.

Ingredients Pannetone Bread and Butter Pudding

How To Make Famous Pannetone Bread Pudding! 

See Printable Version Below.

Ingredients For Bread and Butter Pudding

1x Panettone (Italian sweet bread)
(Or 8-10 slices of  stale white bread halved)
5 cups of milk
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup butter
4 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Optional: For an extra luxury substitute for half milk half cream to make it extra creamy

Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding Cost Breakdown

This is the approximate breakdown of cost totals $4.32 for a fresh, piping hot, creamy Italian Panettone Bread Pudding that you just can’t buy in a shop.

Of course depending on where you live costs to make this Panettone dessert may differ.

  • Pannetone bread $1.47 (sale price)
  • Eggs x2 $0.30
  • Milk $1.35
  • Butter – $0.75
  • Brown Sugar – $0.30
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg – $0.15

Serves 6-8 people

Preheat oven to (220 c) 428f

How do I make bread and butter pudding?

This easy bread and butter pudding is not only super fast to make it’s delicious and a can become a tradition in your home as it has been in ours.

  • Slice Panettone bread and layer into the dish (if you are using bread, slice into triangles then butter before layering)    
  • Then in a jug combine the milk, eggs, 1 tbsp brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until mixed thoroughly. (If you are using just bread, I would add another spoon of sugar as the Italian bread is sweet already)
  • Before placing the liquid in dish place a few nobs of butter in-between the Pannetone. Then pour the creamy mixture over top. 
  • Now press lightly down into the mixture either with your hand or back of the spoon until it’s just covered and peeking out above the milk mixture
  • Now cover and place in the refrigerator for around 1 hour
  • You can put it in for longer as the more it sits the more it soaks all the mixture into the bread!
  • Now before putting it into the oven sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar onto the top of the dish.  This will give it a crunchy caramel flavour on-top
  • Bake for 40-45 mins or until the top has browned

Baked Italian Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding wm

Italian Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding
 
Author: Nicola Don
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 6 to 8
A festive treat for everyone that you can enjoy all year long if you stock up on Panettone at Christmas or make your own at home. This Panettone bread and butter pudding is creamy and filling.
Ingredients
  • 1x Panettone (Italian sweet bread)
  • (Or 8-10 slices of stale white bread halved)
  • 5 cups of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional: For an extra luxury substitute half milk half cream to make it extra creamy
Instructions
  1. Serves 6-8 people
  2. Preheat oven to (220 c) 428f
  3. Slice Panettone bread and layer into the dish (if you are using bread, slice into triangles then butter before layering)
  4. Then in a jug combine the milk, eggs, 1 tbsp brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until mixed thoroughly. (If you are using just bread, I would add another spoon of sugar as the Italian bread is sweet already)
  5. Before placing the liquid in dish place a few nobs of butter in-between the Pannetone. Then pour the creamy mixture over top.
  6. Press lightly down into the mixture either with your hand or back of the spoon until it’s just covered and peeking out above the milk mixture
  7. Cover and place in the refrigerator for around 1 hour
  8. You can put it in for longer as the more it sits the more it soaks all the mixture into the bread!
  9. Before putting it into the oven sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar onto the top of the dish. This will give it a crunchy caramel flavour on-top
  10. Bake for 40-45 mins or until the top has browned
 

 

Don’t forget to stock up on Panettone after the holidays as they get highly reduced in price.

You can store the panettone cake in your freezer for up to a year!

So my friends here you have it, easy Italian Panettone bread and butter pudding.

Enjoy,

– Nicola Don

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21 Comments

  1. I haven’t had Panettone since I was in Italy. This post brought back so many delicious memories, and I love the cost breakdown! Incorporating this bread into a bread and butter pudding is nothing short of genius, the texture and flavors would just be perfect. This is definitely going into my ‘to try’ list of recipes :).

    1. Thanks for dropping in to check out my page! If you try Nicola’s recipe be sure to leave a review for other fans. I know that we have panettone every year in our house and we’ve made french toast with it as well… it’s amazing!

  2. …This looks super yummy…I think it is something that a peanut butter and jam person like myself could handle ….Thank You…#CBB.

  3. This looks so yummy !!!!!!! I just had a thought for it…. ever tried making it with the Cinnabon raisin bread???? I get that every once in a while if it’s on sale….Do you butter the fruit bread when you make it that way?? I vaguely remember my grandma on Dad’s side making a bread pudding sometimes but this looks so much better (sorry Grandma!!!) #CBB

    1. That’s ok you bring me up to new levels all the time with food you make. Besides it was Nicola’s inspiration today with this recipe. She’ll be sharing recipes with CBB when she can since she’s from my neck of the woods.

  4. I hoping I’m leaving my comment in the right spot:) Nicola, this pudding looks really good, I have never made anything like this before. Although my grandmother makes pudding and sauce as a dessert sometimes after Sunday dinners. It is delicious. I have no idea what the recipe is though. # CBB

    1. You should comment more often then Wendy haha.. yes my darlin you did it right! I also think you should make this super easy dessert even if you just use white bread. It’s amazing and doesn’t take much effort at all and you can enjoy hanging with the family while it’ sin the oven.

    2. Wendy this is so easy and you will make it time and time again its that good! Even add some Chocolate buttons for that extra indulgence:)!!

  5. This recipe looks delicious, haven’t had bread ‘n butter pudding since the last time I visited my Grannie in Finchley, London Frightening how many years ago that was!). Absolutely drooling!! Thanks for the memory, now I will have to make it . . .

  6. This recipe looks awesome! My husband is British so this maybe the fabulous twist on motherland classic that he would enjoy!
    Thanks for sharing this, Mr. CBB
    Lindsey

    1. Hi Lindsey, if you cant get the Italian bread try any fruit bread it works along the same lines just add your grated zest if lemon and orange and your hubby won’t be disappointed!

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