‘Tis the season to indulge, and nothing lets you do that quite like bread pudding. It’s the perfect dish to enjoy inside on a cold day!
For many home chefs, bread pudding is a creative way to utilize and repurpose stale bread so it doesn’t go to waste. But first and foremost, it’s a dessert and a holiday tradition many families enjoy.
Chef Vanessa Cantave has put a unique twist on the classic dessert, using sweet panettone as the base. Per usual, we can trust Chef Vanessa to deliver an easy, delicious recipe that will not only impress your guests this holiday season but be enjoyable for you as well. (I think we can all agree that is equally important.)
This particular recipe incorporates a delicious whipped cream cheese frosting that is melted right over the pudding — and then into your mouth.
The best part about this dish? It’s incredibly simple and requires minimal kitchen tools. You’ll notice below that the instructions actually ask you to use your hands. Making this is so fun that the kids will definitely want to get involved, too.
So, if you are looking for inspiration for your dessert course this Christmas or New Year’s Eve, look no further. This bread pudding is sure to become a staple in your household for years to come.
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- ½ stick unsalted butter, softened and separated
- 1 pound panettone with raisins
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. almond extract
- Ground cinnamon, for garnish
- For frosting:
- 8 oz. whipped cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350 °F with rack in middle.
- Butter 13x9-inch baking dish with ¼ stick (half) softened butter.
- Tear panettone bread into bite-sized pieces and spread evenly in buttered baking dish.
- Whisk remaining ingredients in medium-sized mixing bowl, then pour custard mixture over panettone bread. Let stand 15 minutes.
- Using your hands, ensure that the bread pudding is evenly moistened. Dot with remaining butter.
- Bake until pudding appears golden and just set — 35 to 40 minutes.
- Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and heavy cream in the bowl of stand mixer using whisk attachment. Begin at a low speed for 1 minute, then increase to high speed. Whisk until soft peaks form.
- Serve pudding warm or at room temperature. Top with a dollop of the cream and dust with cinnamon.
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