Panettone is a sweet bread loaf that is the traditional Christmas cake in Italy, other South European regions, and also parts of South America. In other parts of Europe and also countries with European migrants, like Australia, itís becoming more common to see them in the shops at Christmas time or to receive them as gifts.
This year, we received a few, including a small panettone flavoured with cranberry and orange. As soon as I opened it the distinctive cupola shape of a panettone and the Christmas flavours struck me as perfect for making some individual bread and butter puddings with a festive twist. The bread and butter pudding is one of the easiest dessert recipes to make, with no need to pre-cook the custard you simply slice, butter, and soak before putting it all the oven to puff up beautifully.
You will need 4 ramekin dishes if you are making these individually.
Ingredients 40g soft butter
4 tsp mixed dried fruit and peel (mine were infused with Christmas spices and orange juice, but this isn't necessary)
8 glacť cherries
4 tbsp double cream
2 large eggs
1 tsp orange extract
80g caster sugar
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius
Smear the inside of the ramekin dishes with butter.
Thinly slice the panettone into 8 slices and lightly butter each slice (optional).
Place one disk of panettone in the bottom of each ramekin dish.
Sprinkle some mixed dried fruit and peel over the panettone in the bottom of the ramekin.
Chop the cherries in half and put a couple in each ramekin.
Put the next disk of panettone over the first.
Sprinkle the remaining fruit and cherries over the panettone.
Make up the custard by whisking together the milk, cream, egg, sugar, and orange extract.
Slowly pour this mixture over each of the panettone ramekins, allowing it to soak in and then fill the dish.
Sprinkle the freshly grated nutmeg over each ramekin and then place them all on a large baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for about 35 minutes until the top is golden-brown. The top of each will puff up, although it will settle when served.