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Panettone Bread Pudding

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    This warm Panettone Bread Pudding is super easy to assemble and taste heavenly! Let it soak up the holiday spiced custard and bake till nicely puffed up and golden. There is no perfect holiday dessert than this! 

    A white casserole dish containing Panettone Bread Pudding.

    Christmas morning is such a special time for family rituals and traditions. For the last few years, my family has been embracing a routine that involves opening gifts followed by a sweet Christmas breakfast. And the particular food we eat is Panettone Bread Pudding!

    It is my kids’ favorite and they will make a big fuss if I ever try to introduce something different. The kids would have the panettone with chocolate milk, while the adults enjoy it with freshly brewed coffee.

    What is Panettone Bread Pudding

    A traditional bread pudding is made with cubed bread tossed in a custard (egg and milk mixture) and baked until golden. This Panettone Bread Pudding is made with panettone, the Italian sweet bread.

    Speckled with candied dried fruit, citrus, and raisins, panettone has a distinctive towering round shape and a plush fluffy texture. It is a popular Christmas bread in Italy and also in the US. During the holiday season, you would see beautifully wrapped gift boxes of panettone bread that show up everywhere in the grocery stores. Pick one up today and make this bread pudding!

    • Texture: A lush creamy middle and irresistible golden crisp top in one fabulous, crowd-pleasing dish.
    • Flavor: You get this amazing flavor of custard, spice, and sweet fruits in every bite.
    • Easy: This bread pudding is extremely easy and totally foolproof. If you’re one of those who get nervous about making dessert, give this recipe a try. Everyone will think you’re a great baker! It takes only 3 simple steps: cut panettone bread, make the custard, and combine the two, and bake!
    • Prep ahead: You can assemble this bread pudding the night before and bake it the next day. Cook it in a pretty dish and it can go straight from the oven to the table.

    A white casserole dish containing Panettone Bread Pudding.

    Overview: How to Make Panettone Bread Pudding

    The full printable/written recipe with step-by-step pictures is below.

    1. Make the custard mixture: Mix eggs, sugar, heavy cream, milk, and all the wonderful holiday spices for the holiday!
    2. Cut the panettone bread: Cut into 1-inch cubes.
    3. Assemble in the baking pan: Pour the custard mixture over the cubed panettone bread in the casserole dish and simply toss it all together.
    4. Rest overnight: For the best result, let the bread soak up the flavorful custard overnight. If you don’t prep it in advance, you can certainly bake it after 3-4 hours of soaking, but I encourage you to leave it overnight.
    5. Bake the bread pudding: The bread pudding takes about 45 minutes to bake. If you put the baking dish out of the fridge, it may take up to 60 minutes. While the oven is doing its work, you can set up the table and get everything else ready.

    A white casserole dish containing Panettone Bread Pudding.

    Holiday Spices

    I love adding holiday spices to the bread pudding. Some of my favorite holiday spices are:

    • Allspice
    • Cardamom
    • Cinnamon – used in this recipe
    • Ginger
    • Ground clove – used in this recipe
    • Mulling Spices
    • Nutmeg
    • Orange peel and zest – used in this recipe
    • Rosemary
    • Sage
    • Star anise

    With candied fruit peels already in the panettone, I keep the spices minimal so the flavor doesn’t get overpowering.

    A plate containing a slice of Panettone Bread Pudding.

    Tips on Making the Best Panettone Bread Pudding

    • Use quality ingredients – This dish is simple, which means the taste of the ingredients (eggs, cream, the panettone) shines through.
    • Beat the egg and sugar well –  Before adding any liquid, make sure to beat the egg and sugar well. This will make the whisking so much easier and smoother when you add in the liquid later. 
    • Prep this the night before – It’s important to let the bread soak up all that delicious custard overnight, or a minimum of 4-6 hours.
    • Prefer less sugar? My recommendation is ⅓ cup of sugar. Even with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar, it’s not overly sweet. If you prefer “healthier” bread pudding or plan to add whipped cream, etc, you may cut down to ¼ cup of sugar.

    Serve this warm dessert as a finale of your holiday meal or make it for a special Christmas Day breakfast. The whole house smells so inviting that you will know why it makes such a treasure for the holiday. I hope it’s going to be your family favorite too!

    A white casserole dish containing Panettone Bread Pudding.

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    A white casserole dish containing Panettone Bread Pudding.
    Panettone Bread Pudding
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    45 mins
    Resting Time
    12 hrs
    Total Time
    13 hrs 5 mins

    This warm Panettone Bread Pudding is super easy to assemble and taste heavenly! Let it soak up the holiday spiced custard and bake till nicely puffed up and golden. There is no perfect holiday dessert than this! 

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: egg, panettone
    Servings: 10
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 1 Panettone Bread (1.1 lb or 500 g)
    • ½ Tbsp unsalted butter (for greasing the casserole dish; cooking spray works too but we love butter!)
    • 10 large eggs
    • cup sugar (You can reduce the sugar to ¼ cup (50 g) if you prefer less sweet or plan to serve with sweet syrup/whipped cream. We like ⅓ cup of sugar and it's not overly sweet even with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar)
    • 1 ½ cups heavy (whipping) cream
    • ½ cup whole milk
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • ½ tsp almond extract (optional)
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • ½ tsp ground clove (optional)
    • ¼ tsp kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    • 1 tsp orange zest (from one orange; you can increase to 2 tsp if you like)
    To Serve
    • confectioners’ sugar/powdered sugar (for dusting)
    • Fresh whipped cream (optional)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Panettone Bread Pudding Ingredients
    To Make the Custard
    1. In a large bowl, whisk together 10 eggs and ⅓ cup sugar. Tip: Make sure to beat the eggs well and let the sugar dissolve at this point; it gets harder to mix when more liquid is added.

      Panettone Bread Pudding 1
    2. Add 1 ½ cup heavy cream, ½ cup milk, 2 tsp vanilla extract, and ½ tsp almond extract.

      Panettone Bread Pudding 2
    3. Add 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ground clove, and ¼ tsp kosher salt.
      Panettone Bread Pudding 3
    4. Lastly, add 1 tsp orange zest and whisk all together. Set aside.

      Panettone Bread Pudding 4
    To Prepare the Bread Pudding
    1. Cut the Panettone into 1 inch (2.5 cm) slices.

      Panettone Bread Pudding 5
    2. Cut the slices into 1 inch (2.5 cm) cubes.

      Panettone Bread Pudding 6
    3. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with butter and place cubed bread in the casserole.

      Panettone Bread Pudding 7
    4. Pour the mixture evenly over the Panettone. If the top of the bread pudding is not covered with the custard, you can gently press down or flip some piece to coat with the custard. Cover it with plastic and refrigerator for 4-6 hours or overnight (preferably).

      Panettone Bread Pudding 8
    To Bake the Bread Pudding
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and transfer the casserole dish from the refrigerator to the preheated oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes, rotating halfway, until the bread pudding has set in the center, puffed up, and is golden brown.

      Panettone Bread Pudding 9
    2. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm. Enjoy!

      Panettone Bread Pudding 10
    To Store
    1. Place the leftover in an airtight container (or wrap it tightly in plastic) and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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