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Bread pudding is, in itself, a decadent treat that should be savored and appreciated, but this dessert (breakfast?) is in a league of its own! Panettone is a traditional Italian holiday bread that’s peppered with dried fruit; while it’s delicious by itself, turning panettone into bread pudding is something we should have thought of a long time ago!

The great thing about this treat is its versatility. You might not look at a bread pudding and think, wow, so versatile!,” but anything goes during the holidays .. You could bring this scrumptious dish out of the kitchen as the icing on top of the cake that was your phenomenal dinner, or you could prep this dish after dinner and let it sit overnight, then make it as a tasty breakfast for everyone to wake up to–the choice is yours!

Panettone Bread Pudding

Serves 8-10


  • 1 pound panettone, crust removed, cut into cubes
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups eggnog
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • butter, for greasing baking dish


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons amaretto liqueur OR 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter, spread panettone cubes evenly inside dish and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and pour in eggnog, cream and sugar, and whisk until blended.
  3. Add in cranberries, vanilla extract and cinnamon, then pour mixture evenly over panettone.
  4. Gently turn the bread cubes and push them into the liquid to make sure they’re fully submerged and coated.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours, or overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until center has just set.
  8. Remove and let cool 15-20 minutes.
  9. For the glaze: combine whipping cream, milk and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves completely.
  10. In a glass, whisk together cornstarch and amaretto, then pour it into cream mixture.
  11. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continuously, until sauce thickens and reduces.
  12. Drizzle sauce over bread pudding just before serving.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes And Gardens

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