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Panettone Bread Pudding

Full of festive, warming spices and studded with chocolate chunks this panettone bread pudding is the ultimate Italian inspired Christmas dessert! It’s the perfect way to end a meal or cosy up with something warm and comforting. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a little nip of your favourite liqueur.

An overhead shot of panettone bread pudding in an oval baking dish with fresh cream at the side

Whoa, this panettone bread pudding is the one. Like all things that are good about Christmas is wrapped up in one delicious dessert with a pretty bow on top.

I love putting an Italian spin on Christmas desserts and best of all I want them to be fun and easy much like my Pandoro Christmas Cake with Pistachios and White Chocolate, so much yum!

And the best part? This panettone bread pudding is super easy to make. It takes around 15 minutes to prepare then is baked in the oven until it’s crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside, like a fluffy panettone Christmas cloud.

Why Is It Called Pudding?

In the UK another word for dessert is pudding. It’s been known to spark some sort of confusion across the pond since to most Americans pudding is a smooth yogurt-like dessert most commonly chocolate flavoured.

But oh no, to me pudding is something warm, hearty and comforting think sticky toffee pudding, Christmas pudding or bread and butter pudding. This panettone bread pudding is my take on bread and butter pudding which consists of buttered bread in a baking dish sprinkled with chocolate chips, raisins and baked with a sweet egg mixture.

I gave this bread pudding an Italian twist by swapping the buttered bread for panettone which is already buttery and delicious in its own right and packed full of candied fruits. I sprinkled it with Creme Brule liqueur, melted butter, and chocolate chips, yaaa this is one decadent thing of beauty!

How To Make Panettone Bread Pudding – Step By Step

First, roughly chop the panettone into large cubes and add them to a baking dish. Make sure to fill each space with a piece of panettone and press them down to pack the dish tightly (photos 1-3).

Sprinkle over some creme brulee liqueur (or liqueur of choice). In a bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar until combined. Pour in the cream, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest then mix to combine (photos 5-8).

Step by step photos for making panettone bread pudding from scratch

Pour the creamy mixture all over the panettone then let it soak in for 5 minutes. Brush with melted butter and finally, scatter over some chocolate chunks or chips and bake in the oven for 40 minutes (photos 9-12).

Once it’s baked let it stand for 5 minutes, dust with powdered sugar (icing sugar) then serve in bowls with some fresh whipped cream. I don’t add any sugar or flavourings to the cream because the panettone bread pudding is sweet enough and full of chocolate and fruit it’s nice to have something fresh alongside it but of course, you can serve it just as it is.

Three step by step photos for making panettone bread pudding

Liqueurs You Can Use to Make Panettone Bread Pudding

I used a creme brule liqueur that I came across in a supermarket and just had to buy it because, well hello how could I not? But here’s a list of other liqueurs you could use and would work just as well:

  • Marsala
  • Vin Santo
  • Brandy
  • Coffee liqueur
  • White sweet wine
  • Nut liqueur

Top Tips for Making Panettone Bread Pudding

  • You can half this recipe to make a smaller bread pudding or to use up leftovers.
  • I used dark chocolate chunks because they aren’t overly sweet but you can use any kind or chunks or chips you like.
  • If you don’t have full-fat milk you can use semi-skimmed (half fat).
  • You can also top with nuts such as unsalted pistachios or hazelnuts.
  • The pudding is best served immediately but can be reheated the next day.
  • Serve with fresh whipped cream or ice cream.

A close up of a panettone bread pudding in a rustic oval baking dish topped with chocolate chips and powdered sugar

Merry Christmas everyone, it truly is the best time of the year!! (I am obsessed). It’s the time of year where you can let go, stop caring about diets and just indulge with friends and family.

So grab a bowl, dollop on the whipped cream, pour yourself a glass of something special and curl up and get cosy with your favorite crimbo movie. Enjoy!

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Panettone Bread Pudding

Full of festive, warming spices and studded with chocolate chunks this panettone bread pudding is Christmas on a plate. It's the perfect way to end a meal or cosy up with something warm and comforting. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a little nip of your favourite liqueur.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Modern Italian
Keyword Italian Christmas Dessert, Panettone Bread Pudding, Panettone Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 329kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1.1 lbs (500g) Panettone
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (250mls) heavy cream double cream
  • 2/3 cup* see notes (150ml) full fat milk
  • 3 tbsp creme brule liqueur or liquere of choice, see notes
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 orange zest
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/4 cup (2 tbsp) dark chocolate chunks
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Roughly chop the panettone into large cubes and add them to a baking dish. Make sure to fill each space with a piece of panettone and press them down to pack the dish tightly (photos 1-3).
  • Sprinkle over some creme brulee liqueur (or liqueur of choice). In a bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar until combined. Pour in the cream, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest then mix to combine (photos 5-8).
  • Pour the creamy mixture all over the panettone then leave it to soak in for 5 minutes. Brush with melted butter and finally, scatter over some chocolate chunks or chips and bake in the oven for 40 minutes (photos 9-12).
  • Once it's baked let it stand for 5 minutes, dust with powdered sugar (icing sugar) then serve in bowls with some fresh whipped cream.

Notes

  • * 150ml of milk measures exactly as 2 and a half 1/4 cups but you can use 2/3 of a cup which is slightly over but will still work ok.
  • You can half this recipe to make a smaller bread pudding or to use up leftovers.
  • I used dark chocolate chunks because they aren't overly sweet but you can use any kind or chunks or chips you like.
  • If you don't have full-fat milk you can use semi-skimmed (half fat).
  • You can also top with nuts such as unsalted pistachios or hazelnuts.
  • The pudding is best served immediately but can be reheated the next day. Serve with fresh whipped cream or ice cream. I don't add any sugar or flavourings to the cream because the panettone bread pudding is sweet enough and full of chocolate and fruit it's nice to have something fresh alongside it but of course, you can also serve it just as it is.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Panettone Bread Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Helpful Info For All Recipes 
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  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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Panettone Bread Pudding. A delicious Christmas Italian dessert made with festive spices and chocolate chips. It's easy, comforting and the perfect way to cosy up this Christmas. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. #Insidetherustickitchen #Panettone #Christmasdessert

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    2pots2cook
    December 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Made similar one few weeks ago 🙂 All Italians think the same way, most of the time, at least a ha ha. Grazie milla ! Tornero !

  • Reply
    Harris Gershman
    December 4, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Did you use the traditional panettone with the fruit or cut to the chase with the CHOCOLATE studded one?

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      December 5, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Hi Harris, I used the traditional one because it’s easier to find for me and I love the candied fruit but you could definitely use the chocolate one.

  • Reply
    Valentina
    December 4, 2018 at 2:31 am

    In my world of sweets, it doesn’t get much better than warming spices and chocolate! This is gorgeous and I can’t even imagine how delicious and comforting. Love!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      December 4, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Oh, I totally agree, probably why I love this time of year so much ha! Thank you so much Valentina!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    December 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Looks so delicious and comforting! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    December 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Awesome Bread Pudding.My husband Just Made this for New Year’s Day dinner. Had it for breakfast the next day also

  • Reply
    SHASHI AT SAVORYSPIN
    December 3, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Christmas is my favorite time of the year too and this is such a festive looking bread pudding – I grew up on bread and butter pudding on the weekends so I cannot wait to try this with panettone!

  • Reply
    Demeter
    December 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Such a classic holiday dessert! Following all of your step by step instructions really gives me the confidence that I’m going to nail this! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Sara | Belly Rumbles
    December 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    This is the perfect way to use up left over Panettone. I think it is actually better than the Panettone itself. I do love the addition of chocolate chunks!

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