Panettone Bread or better known as “Italian Christmas Bread” is a typical bread of Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy.
It usually contains candied orange, citron and lemon zest, as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. There are many variations available such as plain or with chocolate. It is typically served in slices, vertically cut, accompanied with sweet hot beverages or a sweet wine, such as Asti Spumante or Moscato d'Asti. In some regions of Italy, it is served with Crema di Mascarpone, a cream made from mascarpone cheese, eggs, sometimes dried or candied fruits, and typically a sweet liqueur such as Amaretto; if mascarpone cheese is unavailable, zabaglione is sometimes used as a substitute.
What can you do with it?
- French toast. It makes a wonderful substitute for the bread.
- Bread puddings. Use it instead and reduce the amount of raisins and reduce the sugar in your recipe.
- Breakfast bread. It is absolutely wonderful toasted.
- Dessert trifle. Get out the trifle dish and make one. It is really simple. Just cube up the bread and layer it into a trifle dish. Then, use whipped cream and layer it. Tasty and very elegant.