Chocolate-Stuffed Panettone French Toast with Orange Syrup

Serve Chocolate-Stuffed Panettone French Toast with Orange Syrup for Christmas Day

One more before the resolutions

I recently told a friend that I’m not ready for the end-of-the-holidays detox just yet. I have at least one more goodie to enjoy before the resolutions are uttered: Chocolate-Stuffed Panettone French Toast with Orange Syrup.

This is one of those recipes you can prepare the night before, then pop in the oven the next morning to bake. Perfect for a special holiday breakfast!

That’s Italian!

If you’re from an Italian family like I am, chances are a panettone cake or two will show up around Christmastime. When I was a kid I never really liked these tall, round cakes with their candied fruit, citrus zest, and raisins. Sort of like the Italian equivalent of fruitcake…almost.

I’ve grown to enjoy panettone cake, and the holidays don’t seem complete unless there’s one in the house, packaged in a bright trapezoid-shaped box.

Panettone cake ready for French Toast

A few mini panettone cakes made their way to my house over Christmas, but the holiday came and went without them being eaten. I decided to turn this goodie into even more of a treat by making Chocolate-Stuffed Panettone French Toast with Orange Syrup.

Mini panettone cake

Make goodies with goodies

The mini cakes were the perfect size to make French toast “sandwiches” that I stuffed with a tasty mascarpone-chocolate mixture. I cut the mini panettone into 1-inch-thick slices starting at the bottom of the cake. If you have a standard-sized cake, cut into it vertically.

Save this recipe for next year, as it would make a special breakfast to serve on Christmas morning. If you can’t wait, try it for New Year’s Day breakfast. Just make sure to start your resolutions on January 2!

Recipe for Chocolate-Stuffed Panettone French Toast with Orange Syrup
Serves 6

 

Crunchy French Toast Sandwiches

My post originally appeared on The Daily Meal on April 17, 2011.

Crunchy French Toast Sandwiches

French toast. Enough said, right? Aside from doing something crazy like smothering it in chocolate sauce (hmmmm….) what could possibly make French toast any better?

I came upon this recipe and decided I had to try it. With almonds as breading and creamy cheese and jam stuffed between two slices of the bread, this definitely sounded like a treat — and it was! This recipe is great for a special breakfast or brunch, and you can use your favorite jam or marmalade (or whatever you have in the fridge).

Retouched French Toast bread

 

Note: The original recipe called for a combination of cream cheese and sour cream. I used mascarpone cheese instead. I think the next time I make it I’ll try the cream cheese-sour cream-mixture for an even sweeter taste.

Good Idea:  These sandwiches can be assembled ahead of time and stored in freezer bags in the freezer for up to about a month. Then all you have to do to impress someone is pull them out of the freezer and bake.

Retouched French Toast Sand bread

Retouched French Toast Sand breaded bread

 Recipe for Crunchy French Toast Sandwiches:

Makes 4 sandwiches