panettone bread and butter pudding …

** update ** since the post i’ve made this dessert two more times :) it’s been a hit. it definitely is easy to make.  just make sure you can get your hands on some colomba or panettone. happy baking!

this easter some people will be celebrating with a dove-shaped italian easter bread called colomba di pasqua (easter dove).

um … some of us still have panettone (the colomba’s cousin) left over from last christmas!

panettone is the traditional italian christmas bread.

so how many of you still have a panettone (or two) left over from last christmas? yeah, me too. coz they last forever and you can only eat so much of it.

this recipe, courtesy of, is perfect for using those leftover panettones.

700g panettone, cut into slices 1 cm thick
40g unsalted butter, softened
50ml dark rum
50ml dry marsala
600ml milk
600ml thickened cream
1 cinnamon stick
1 lemon, rind grated
4 eggs
125g caster sugar
icing sugar, to dust

1) reheat the oven to 170c. lightly grease a 1.5 litre ovenproof dish. (i used a 2 litre dish.)
2) lightly butter each slice of panettone, lay slices, slightly overlapping, to fill the dish.

3) combine the rum and marsala and pour over the panettone. i didn’t have any rum or marsala so i used orange juice and triple-sec (orange flavoured liqueur).
4) place the milk, cream, cinnamon and rind in a large saucepan over medium heat until just simmering.

5) remove from heat, remove and discard the cinnamon stick.
6) whisk eggs and sugar until pale.

7) pour the hot milk over the egg mixture and whisk to combine.

8) strain over the panettone, pushing the slices down until covered by custard.

9) place the dish in a large baking tray, pour boiling water into the tray to halfway up the sides.

10) bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and custard is just set. to serve, dust with icing sugar.

this was made in no time and very easy to make. and it serves plenty.

i would highly recommend this recipe especially when you get flooded with 5 million panettones during christmas …

i made the pudding last night and, because the family dinner was tonight, the pudding was left to cool down and then put in the fridge. the family ate the panettone pudding served cold. it was very moist, light and not overly sweet.


buona pasqua (happy easter) everyone! wishing you peace, love and happiness. enjoy the moments with your family and friends.

“natale con i tuoi, pasqua con chi vuoi / christmas with your family, easter with who you want.”


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