Don’t regift that Panettone or Pandora Breads

Ever since watching the British Bakeoff Master Classes where Paul made the Italian sweet yeast dough, Pandora Bread, I wanted to make it since it looked tasty and lovely. It is a rich bread made with what flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. What has kept me from making with I lacked easy access to the tin star mold. Panettone with the fruit and raisins are common finds, but the plain one was very hard to find.

Right before Christmas, I stopped in RI Job Lots – a store I can not describe – and there was a shelf full of them. I had to buy it. And I couldn’t wait until Christmas to eat it. That night the box was opened and the Pandora was taken out of the bag. We all were looking forward to it. Well there was quite a lot of disappointment. It was dry and had a flavor we couldn’t figure out. Was it alcohol? We didn’t know.

The Pandora, which was quite large, sat on the counter top. I torn clumps of it as I walked by and I wasn’t putting a dent in it. Something had to be done with it, but what?

I made a Mary Berry Christmas Pavlova for a friend on Christmas Eve. It needed six egg whites. I kept the yolks not wanting to waste them. As I put them in the fridge, the thought came to me: bread pudding. I can make bread pudding with them since it takes six egg yolks. While you could toast the bread or batter them for French (or Italian) toast, I like the option for bread pudding better. It is warm and moist with tons of flavor. And it was a hit.

So don’t throw out your Panettone or Pandora or regift it, but instead make bread pudding with it. Tear it apart soaking it in an egg sugar cream mixture and bake. Sprinkle it with powder sugar and, as we say in this house, “Bob’s your uncle.”

Pandora Bread Pudding

Pandora Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

Italian Pandora Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • - 6 large egg yolks
  • - 2 cups whole milk
  • - 1 cup heavy cream
  • - 1 cup granulated sugar
  • - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • - 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • - 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • - Pandora Bread, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • - 1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped white chocolate

Preparation

  • - Heat oven to 375° F.
  • - Butter or spray a shallow 2-quart baking dish.
  • - Whisk together the egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  • - Add the bread and chocolate and mix to combine.
  • - Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake until set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean in 40 minutes.
  • - Serve warm or at room temperature.
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