|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 casserole (12 servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||6%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
In many homes, Christmastime means panettone, the delicious, buttery, sweet Italian bread that's only available during the holiday season. It's filled with raisins and candied orange, kind of like a much tastier fruit cake. Turning it into French toast is probably the best and easiest Christmas morning breakfast. French toast bakes are already great for large crowds, can be made ahead, and using panettone makes it so delicious and extra festive. The bread already has so much flavor, all you have to do is whisk together some eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla and pour it over the slices of bread.
Add in orange extract or a little orange zest if you want to increase the citrus flavor in the bread. It's really important to buy a panettone that's made with all butter, such as the Sclafani brand. The all-butter versions are much more flavorful and tend to have a better texture. You can refrigerate the French toast overnight or bake it right away. The longer it sits, the creamier the texture will be. It will be a little firmer if you bake it right away.
- 1 loaf all-butter panettone bread
- 7 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar or maple syrup
- Optional: powdered sugar and maple syrup, for serving
Gather the ingredients.
Grease a 9x12-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. If making to serve immediately, then preheat the oven to 375 F. If you are refrigerating the french toast overnight, then skip preheating the oven.
Cut the panettone into large slices and layer them into the greased casserole dish.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and orange extract in a medium mixing bowl.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of the panettone. Make sure to coat all of the slices.
Place in the oven uncovered and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Let it cool slightly when you remove it from the oven.
Sprinkle it with a little powdered sugar and a drizzle of real maple syrup.
Serve and enjoy!
- You can also cover the French toast bake with aluminum foil and keep it in the refrigerator overnight until you are ready to bake the next morning. Because you will be putting it into the oven cold, it will take about 10 minutes longer to bake.