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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Panettone French Toast & Pandoro Christmas Trees

Christmas has arrived a little early in the sailboat household and we're certainly not complaining! Crosta & Mollica sent over a delicious parcel containing a chocolate panettone and a golden pandoro, asking us how we would serve them over the festive season. Needless to say we were pretty eager to try them, so we hit the kitchen almost immediately.

P A N E T T O N E   F R E N C H   T O A S T

When it's wet, windy and chilly outside my ultimate weekend brunch is french toast. I had never made it using panettone before, in fact before this week I had never even tried panettone. Where have I been, right? I. Don't. Know.

My favourite thing about french toast is the variety of topping combinations that all taste incredible. Think berries, ice cream, maple syrup. The possibilities are endless. And my favourite thing about making it with this particular panettone was how much of the cinnamon milk mixture it soaked up. It was Christmas with every mouthful.

T O   M A K E :
1. Slice generously
2. Dip slices in a mixture of milk, egg, sugar & cinnamon
3. Fry
4. Serve with syrup, or berries, or ice cream, or anything else you would like to. It's wonderfully versatile!

P A N D O R O   C H R I S T M A S   T R E E

Christmas day itself is going to be a quiet affair here this year, but if I were having guests this would absolutely be one of the stars of the show. There are so many ways to decorate this beautifully light sponge cake, but here's how we chose to decorate ours before we (along with anyone who came over that day) promptly demolished most of it. 

T O   M A K E :
1. Slice
2. Arrange slices to look like branches
3. Dust with icing sugar
4. Decorate - we used Hershey's kisses because we had some left over from our NY trip
5. Eat! It makes a delicious afternoon treat with a mug of hot chocolate, or served with a selection of jams. 

A L T E R N A T I V E   S E R V I N G   S U G G E S T I O N :
1. Slice the top off.
2. Scoop out some of the inside.
3. Fill with ice cream, or whipped cream and berries.
4. Eat immediately, before someone else does!

All this talk of food has made me feel more than a little peckish... And I really must track down another pandoro because my afternoon hot chocolate just hasn't been the same since we ate it all! 

Do you like to serve panettone or pandoro at Christmas?
How would you serve it? 


  1. Thanks for sharing the good ideas as I personally so didn't prepare panettone in a special way:)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. I wish I was there to enjoy some of that - it looks incredible Jennie! I just adore Christmas food.
    A Story of a Girl

    1. I think Christmas food wins over all other food!

  3. This looks so yummy! Actually, it looks too good to eat but y'know.. ;) xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  4. Eep, everything looks so delicious! I love how you decorated the pandoro, it's a treat fit for Hogwarts' great hall! xxx

    1. Oh gosh, the epitome of compliments! hehe

  5. Omgosh, I love how you decorated it! Delicious!!

    T c

  6. I made panettone from scratch last year and it took about ten hours so I'll probably buy one this year x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  7. Wow that Panettone turned french toast sounds so delicious! Really like how you've decorated the Pandoro cake too xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  8. This sounds absolutely amazing Jennie! I made French toast with cinnamon and thought that satiated my festive breakfast needs but this looks incredible. Beautiful photos too! xx

  9. Oh this looks too delicious to demolish... well almost! I have tried panettone but haven't ever served one at Christmas - something I think I need to change now!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  10. I love chocolate panettone, but never thought to try it for french toast – looks amazing! Thanks for the tip :)
    Ida | www.getlovelyloot.com


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