RECIPE

Eggnog-Panettone Bread Pudding

Serve with Asparagus Gremolata, Marinated Bocconcini, Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Sauce, Holiday Spiced Nuts and Tri Colore Salad with Fennel.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf panettone, available in Italian specialty stores, cut in half (enough for about 5 cups, diced)
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Vegetable cooking spray
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Optional accompaniments:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream
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Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 475°F.

Place a tea kettle of water on to boil for a water bath. With a serrated knife, remove the side crusts from the half piece of the panettone. Cube into 3/4 to 1-inch dice. You should have 5 cups. Reserve the cubed panettone in a large mixing bowl.

For the eggnog custard, in another bowl, thoroughly whisk together the three whole eggs, three egg yolks, sugar, half-and-half, rum, vanilla extract and a healthy grate of fresh nutmeg. Pour the mixture over the bread cubes.

Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray. Ladle the bread/eggnog mixture gently and evenly into the muffin tins. The big cubes sticking up look nice. Place the filled muffin tin in a rimmed cookie sheet or roasting pan. Transfer to the pre-heated oven and carefully pour the hot water from kettle onto the sheet pan, creating a water bath for the muffin tin to sit in.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops are nicely browned and a toothpick comes clean from the center.

Alternatively, place the muffin tin in a roasting pan on the stove. Pour in up to 1 inch of boiling water. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes. The puddings will puff and a toothpick will come out clean from the center. The tops won’t brown with this method. You may add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar at serving time.

Bread pudding may be served warm or cold. Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream work well as accompaniments.

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