Monday, March 17, 2014

Torino 2 lb. Panettone (On Sale at Costco) and Bread Pudding

Panettone are FINALLY on sale at my Costco.  This happens when they don't sell out at Christmas, but not every year. Three years since I've been able to buy one on sale! 

The price for this 2 lb. Torino Panettone before Christmas was around $6.99.  Yesterday, my Costco had it on sale for $2.97.  

Torino Panettone, Italian Raisin Cakes, are products of Italy, associated with the city of Milan. The light leavened bread (the leavening is something like sourdough) is flavored with candied orange peel and raisins, and contains no preservatives. Traditionally, these are Christmas breads.

I modified a recipe I found on-line. The bread itself is plenty sweet and flavorful for me, so I don't add any flavor or extra sugar.   

Panettone Bread Pudding 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1/2  2 lb. Panettone cut in 1 inch cubes (Use entire Panettone if using 1 lb. loaf)
2 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
4 eggs

Whisk the eggs until frothy and mix with the cream. Stir in cubed Panettone and soak until wet.  Pour into heavily buttered 8" by 8" glass baking dish.  Bake for 40 minutes until knife inserted close to center comes out clean.

Serve with hard sauce or ice cream. This would be a great dish at Christmas time. I'm going to check my Costco tomorrow; I think I'll buy another and freeze it for next winter.

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