Panettone Bread Pudding

Panettone Bread Pudding 1

I have shared with you all how every year we host a Christmas Day breakfast in our home.  It is a time that I look forward to every year because it is so much fun for the kids and the adults alike.  We basically have an open door policy and our family knows that they don’t have to RSVP, they are just welcome to swing by during the morning…and there will be food and lots of it.

I make a few dishes the night before and I simply re-heat them in the morning.  There are a few items that I will make on the spot, but mostly I like to relax and enjoy the morning with all my loves ones.  I do like to balance out savory and sweet components in my food spread and one of the dishes that always makes it on the table is a bread pudding.  Sometimes I make Ina Garten’s recipe for bread pudding that involves croissants (I love that woman and I love croissants!) and sometimes I like to make my panettone bread pudding because panettone is so perfect for Christmas.

That’s the recipe that I will be sharing with you today but there’s so much more!  You see, I am joining a holiday blog tour full of amazing ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.  My friend Sondra, over at Sondra Lyn at Home is hosting it, and it will be 5 days full of recipes and decor – you don’t want to miss it!  You can find all the links (to the ones that have been published) at the end of this post.   

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Now back to the bread pudding!  This recipe has evolved over time since I have taken some of my favorite bread pudding recipes and added and taken away, until I absolutely loved the finished product.

These are the ingredients for my favorite Christmas bread pudding:


1 Panettone

5 Large egg yolks

3 Whole eggs

2 1/2 Cups of whole milk

2 1/2 Cups of half and half

2 Teaspoons of vanilla

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Cup Hazelnuts (optional)


Panettone Bread Ingredients


Set the oven at 350 degrees F.

Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.

Cut the panettone into cubes.

The following step is optional, which is to toast the bread in the oven.  If you enjoy a really soft bread pudding, you should skip this step and place the panettone cubes directly into the buttered baking dish.  If you like a little texture in the bread, then go ahead and place the cubes on a sheet tray and then into the pre-heated oven  for 7-1o minutes.  I toasted mine this time, but either way it will be delicious.


Panettone Bread
Make the custard mix by whisking together the eggs (whole and yolks) whole milk, half and half, vanilla and sugar.

Panettone Milk


Arrange the panettone in the buttered dish and start to ladle the custard over the panettone.

Panettone Mix


Sprinkle 1 Cup of the semi-sweet chocolate chips over and in between the panettone cubes.

Panettone Chocolate Chips


Press down on the dish to make sure that all the panettone is submerged in the custard.  I use the back of a measuring cup to do this.  Allow to rest for 15 minutes.

Panettone Press


This is also optional, but if you are a texture fan like me, chop up a cup of hazelnuts for the final topping.

Panettone Hazelnuts


Sprinkle over the top.

Place the baking dish inside a larger pan and place about 2 inches of water in the larger pan.  Do this carefully so that you don’t get any water in your dish.

Panettone Bain Marie


Cover with aluminum foil and cut a few slits to allow the steam to escape while it’s cooking.

Place inside the oven for 45 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes.

Panettone Foil


Doesn’t that look crazy delicious?

Allow to cool a bit before serving.  All your hard work will pay off soon…

Panettone Oven Ready


For now, just stare at it.  Take pictures of it.  Take a selfie.

Panettone Done


Then serve yourself a piece, because you deserve it.

Panettone no sauce


Of course, it is delicious on it’s own and you don’t need to add anything to it.  But why stop the indulgence now?  You are on a roll, and you need to take this over the top by adding an amaretto sauce to your bread pudding.  Yes, amaretto sauce…

Panettone no sauce side


Panettone with Sauce


Panettone sauce

Making the amaretto sauce is so easy!  I follow a recipe from Giada de Laurentiis and I didn’t change a thing:

1/2 Cup whipping cream

1/2 Cup whole milk

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup amaretto liqueur

2 Teaspoons of cornstarch.

Bring the cream, milk, and sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, mix the amaretto and cornstarch to blend and then whisk into the cream mixture. Simmer over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.

You can make this a few days before you will serve it.

Panettone with Amaretto

Seriously, this is so delicious and so perfect for Christmas morning.  I hope you try it, I hope you love it!

Ready for more Holiday fun?  Follow the hop that started yesterday and don’t forget to check back every day as the new posts will automatically update everyday at 7am EST/6am CST.



Welcome to the 2nd annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour hosted by Sondra Lyn at Home. Wow, do we ever have a great week of holiday celebration ideas lined up for you!

Join us each day for inspiration from nearly 30 of the today’s finest blogs!

Home for the Holidays 2015 - Sondra Lyn at HomeYou’ll see everything from gorgeous decor to yummy holiday recipes… and everything in between! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

Monday – Holiday Decor


Just a Girl and Her Blog | Lilacs & Longhorns | What Meegan Makes

Windgate Lane | Worthing Court

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Duke Manor Farm | Graceful Order | Rhubarb and Honey

Snappy Gourmet | The Happier Homemaker | Two Thirty-Five Designs

Wednesday – Mantles and Tablescapes


Dandelion Patina | {Home-ology} modern vintage | Organize and Decorate Everything

Sondra Lyn at Home | StoneGable | The Everyday Home

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


An Extraordinary Day | Cottage at the Crossroads | Making it in the Mountains

Our Southern Home | 2 Bees in a Pod | Two Purple Couches

Friday – Gifts and Wrapping


Addison Meadows Lane | DIY180 | Domestically Speaking

My Creative Days | Southern State of Mind | unOriginal Mom

Be sure to check back every day this week to enjoy all the goodies we’ll be sharing with you! Each day’s links will be posted that day and will go live at 7am EST/6am CST, so don’t miss a single day!

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Wednesday – Holiday Mantels and Tablescapes

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


Friday – Holiday Gifts and Wrapping


  1. says

    OK, I’m drooling now! This recipe conjures up memories of watching ‘A Christmas Carol’ at our local playhouse with my family… and looks divine! What a wonderful traditional dish – thanks for sharing.

    So glad to have you on the HFTH Tour!

  2. says

    Can I come to your house for Christmas Day breakfast, Maria! Because this panettone bread pudding looks amazing! I suspect this will be making an appearance at my house soon … thanks for the inspiration!

  3. says

    YUM! You had me at bread pudding. I love it anytime of day. It makes a perfect Christmas breakfast. Super tasty with the chocolate, hazel nuts and sauce. Thanks for the recipe Maria.

  4. sarah says

    Oh my goodness, this recipe looks so good. Bread pudding is my absolute favorite and is a Christmas morning tradition in our home. But your recipe is killing me with the hazlenuts and yummy amaretto sauce. Pinning!

  5. Iraida says

    OMG! Maria!!!! I made your recipe last night. It was unbelievably delicious, heart warming and perfect for the season!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! My love to you and your awesome family!!! Thank you for your blog! I so look forward to it all the time!!!

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