Listen, panettone can get a bad rap. One look at the traditional, Italian sweet bread loaf speckled with candied fruits and raisins, and one might mistake it for a fruitcake. But don’t! Panettone couldn’t be further from that usually dry, hard-as-a-rock dessert reject; instead, panettone is a tender brioche stuffed with dried raisins and candied orange and lemon peel. And this year, no one’s trying harder than Food Network chef Bobby Flay to make panettone happen. He even shared a few of his go-to recipes perfect for leftover panettone.
“Give panettone a chance!” Flay recently wrote alongside a five-slide Instagram post of panettone and the various way to use leftovers. “This dome-shaped bread-like cake dates back to 14th century Milan…and a well-made one is truly a gift. Rich and moist with butter and eggs and candied fruit… delicious.”
“Great versions can simply be sliced and just eaten on its own or with a schmear of jam or marmalade,” Flay wrote on Facebook.
For those uninterested in baking this year, Flay goes on to list his three favorite panettone to order online from Italian Products & Beyond, including an “over-the-top orange-chocolate version” by Fratelli Motta and the following:
Flamigni classic panettone
As for leftovers, don’t toss them! Instead, Flay recommends using the panettone in lemon bread pudding, cinnamon sugar French toast, and orange trifle.
For Flay’s Meyer lemon and blackberry bread pudding, you’ll substitute the plain brioche for the panettone.
For cinnamon sugar French toast, simply use the leftover panettone to make the French toast.
“I’m gonna send u a pistachio one that I think you’ll love!” Laurentiis commented on Flay’s Instagram post.
If you’ll excuse us, we’re going to stock up on panettone before it’s gone for the season.
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