Blogger Next Door: California Raisins

Paula Jones of Bell'alimento shares a beautifully decadent dessert recipe, perfect for Valentine's Day and beyond.
Posted February 13, 2013


I LOVE Panettone. It’s probably more like a ridiculous obsession, but whatever. I love it so much I usually stock up at Christmas time when they’re out and about in stores. I hoard them because other than enjoying a slice, or two or three for breakfast with my cappuccino I can make things with them like this incredibly decadent and delish Panettone Bread Pudding or Cheat’s Sponge Cake with Summer Berries and Cream (it also makes wicked french toast but that’s another post).

If you’re looking for a super easy dessert, then bread pudding is a great choice. The hard part is unwrapping the perfectly packaged Panettone and cutting it into cubes. Or maybe it’s the whisking and pouring? As you can tell it’s pretty hard. Slice, dice, pour, bake and wait. That’s about all folks.

If you want to get really fancy (and why wouldn’t you want to right?) dust the baked bread pudding with Dixie Crystal’s powdered sugar (have you seen that cute shaker in the store?) or top with a honking dollop of vanilla bean ice cream. Either way, go grab that Panettone in your pantry and put it to good use.



Panettone Bread Pudding

What You Will Need:

32 ounce Panettone
3 tablespoons unsalted butter – room temperature
2 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup California golden raisins
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dixie Crystal’s powdered sugar – to dust

What To Do:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Spray an oven proof casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
3.  Slice Panettone into approximately 1″ slices. Spread butter on to top of each slice and then cut into cubes. Transfer cubes to casserole dish.
4.  Into a medium bowl add: eggs, sugar, milk, cream, vanilla, raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk together to combine. Pour mixture over Panettone.
5.  Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes OR until top is slightly golden and liquid has set.
6.  Dust with powdered sugar.



Paula Jones

Paula JonesPaula was born in Georgia and now lives in North Carolina. While living in Italy, she fell in love with the culture, people, architecture and food. Her philosophy is that “beautiful food doesn’t have to be complicated,” and Italian food is about simplicity, quality ingredients and love. Fun fact: Paula has lived all over the world and is a proud Air Force brat, as her father was in the military.

Twitter: @bellalimento
Favorite Way to Eat California Raisins: Straight out of the bag!


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