FRESH Ideas: Italian French Toast
Panettone is the sweet Italian Christmas bread that is made with dried fruit. It comes in beautiful large boxes and generally weighs one to five pounds.
It can be eaten by itself as a dessert or dressed up with a fruit or chocolate sauce. In this recipe it is used as the bread in French toast. The cherry syrup compliments the flavors of the dried fruit in the panettone.
1 one-to-two pound panettone
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cherry jam
Slice 1-inch thick slices of the panettone from top to bottom. Cut each slice in half. In a 9 x 13 baking dish whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Dip both sides of the panettone slices in the egg mixture and place in the skillet. Cook until brown on one side for about a minute and then flip with a spatula. Brown the other side and then remove to a baking sheet. Place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm until ready to serve. In a saucepan over low heat combine the syrup and cherry jam. Stir until mixture is warmed and the jam has melted and combined with the syrup. Serve the syrup warm at the table along with the French toast. Makes eight to ten servings.
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