In my office it's a safe bet that starting on December 1st you'll start seeing gift baskets and food presents start to arrive and continue until the week before Christmas. Panettone is one of those holiday food presents that reminds you the holiday is fast approaching. They line the shelves of specialty stores and my local organic grocery like little tin soldiers ready do to their duty as a hostess gift or present.
Whether you receive Panettone as a gift or make it yourself as I did recently, it's always a good idea to use it in a couple of different ways. It's a lot of bread. So after I baked a couple of loaves I decided to make some French toast out of what was leftover. I've said it time and time again: French toast is the easiest breakfast to make without having to feel like you phoned it in. Since you can use all types of breads, the possibilities are endless. You can even use it as a dessert as well. Your guests will hail you as brilliant.
The Panettone added a delicious flavor to the French toast which made it sweet and savory. The dried fruit and lemon flavoring was delicious and topping it with powdered sugar puts the finishing touch.
If you are going to have tons of food around the house from gifts you mine as well use it to your advantage and use your time more wisely - like relaxing with a cup of coffee.
Panettone French Toast for Two
4-6 slices of Panettone
1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
1 tsp vanilla
Beat the eggs with the cream in a mixing bowl. Dredge the sliced of Panettone through the egg mixture on both sides. Put in a preheated frying pan on medium heat and cook until golden brown on each side. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.