Panettone French Toast

Panettone French Toast

I am one of those people that absolutely ADORES Panettone. I look forward to it EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. I stock up when I see those gorgeous boxes adorning the stores starting in July. Okay not really July but Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year and it seems like July when they start putting everything out to me. None-the-less. Hooray for Panettone. I believe it’s in the fruit cake camp. You either love it or loathe it. Fruit cake I strongly dislike (Sorry Grandma. Sorry Mom) Panettone on the other hand I’m for. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.  Did I mention how much I like it?

Panettone French Toast

My favorite way to eat Panettone is sliced and toasted. Simple and sublime. Sadly not everyone in my house loves Panettone. I know. GASP. I have found that if I transform it into PANETTONE BREAD PUDDING or Baked Panettone French Toast they come running. Whatever it takes for me to enjoy my Panettone I’m all for. The easiest way to make this French toast is to slice the Panettone in half vertically first. Turn it on it’s side and then cut nice thick slices. Once they’re baked you can half the slices for a more petite portion or keep it large and in charge.

Panettone French Toast

A sprinkling of powdered sugar or fresh berries would be a nice addition here but I’m keeping it simple with pure maple syrup. You do what you like.

NOTE: This recipe calls for the whole panettone and yields 10 large pieces of french toast. IF you’re feeding a smaller crowd simply halve the recipe and you’ll be all set. Some for now. Some for later. Options. You know we love ’em.

Panettone French Toast


Panettone French Toast

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  • 1 - 32 ounce Panettone
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Remove paper from Panettone. Slice Panettone in half vertically. Place cut side down. Cut into 5 equal portions (for a total of 10 slices).
  3. Into a large shallow dish add: eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine.
  4. Dip panettone slices into egg mixture. Tap off excess and transfer to baking sheet.
  5. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until egg mixture has set.


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  1. 1

    This looks crazy good! My kind of breakfast for sure!

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  3. 3

    I’ve always wanted to do this with panettone! So yummy!

  4. 4

    I’m a big panettone fan! I love the chunks of candied lemon in it. So good!

  5. 5

    This french toast looks wonderful Paula! I pinned it earlier this morning 🙂

  6. 6

    I tried this recently, but instead of milk I used non-alcoholic egg nog. Added a whole new layer of richness and flavor.

  7. 7

    I too look forward to panettone each year during the holidays. I’ve had it made as individual bread puddings where egg nog was part of the custard mixture. Soooooo good!

  8. 8

    Another great use for panettone, which I find quite boring in itself.

  9. 9

    My Italian in-laws introduced me to panettone, and I’ve been OBSESSED with it ever since. Toasted (and buttered) is my fave way to enjoy it too, but I can’t imagine this french toast being anything outside of epic. Thanks for the idea!

  10. 10

    I love panettone and love that you made a french toast out of it! I could take a plate of these for breakfast with my coffee!

  11. 11

    How perfect is this?! We looooove panettone, and need to try this asap!

  12. 12

    I love making French Toast with unexpected alternatives to ‘stale bread’ and this is so inspired Paula! Love it.

  13. 13

    Panettone makes the BEST fresh toast and bread pudding. Definitely agree with the love or hate it comment but I love it!

  14. 14

    Panettone rocks! And so does this French toast idea!

  15. 15

    Pannetone makes the best french toast! delicious!

  16. 16

    I’ve never actually had Panettone. I always see those red boxes and wonder.
    But this look fantastic, I have to try this next year 🙂

  17. 17

    This looks amazing! Now I’m not going to be able to stop thinking about it :)!

  18. 18

    Pannatone would make a great French toast- lighter and tastier than normal bread 🙂 I will have to give this a go..

  19. 19

    OMG, yum. I haven’t had french toast in ages, but now I’m majorly craving it. This looks so delicious!

  20. 20

    Ahhh,I haven’t had french toast in forever!

    This is looking too good that I might have to get up an hour earlier tomorrow for breakfast like a queen. 🙂



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