Panettone Bread Pudding

We always make such a big deal about Thanksgiving leftovers, but what about Christmas leftovers? Every Christmas dinner I’ve ever been to has ended with plenty of leftovers, but I don’t see nearly as many recipes or posts dedicated to Christmas leftovers like we usually do with Thanksgiving leftovers. Perhaps ham is easier to re-purpose than turkey is?

Though we are past Christmas and well into the new year, here is my contribution towards building up a library of Christmas leftover recipes. I made this for a New Year’s Day lunch with my husband’s extended family, which my cousin-in-law Elisha graciously hosted. And Elisha, I know that loaf of panettone you had last week must be stale by now, so this recipe is for you. Enjoy!

Panettone Bread Pudding
3/4 panettone loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 cups whole milk
4 large eggs
1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar and extracts.
2. In a large bowl, pour the custard mixture over the panettone cubes and let soak for 20-30 minutes in fridge.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F while panettone is in fridge.
4. Pour the mixture into a buttered 10-inch round pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Merry Christmas

Today I am reminded that above all the cookies and warm drinks and time with family, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Without Christ, there is no hope. Without the mystery and marvel that happened that first Christmas, I have no purpose.

I am beyond thankful for Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection, and I pray you all will catch a glimpse of the wonder today as you celebrate this joyous day! How sweet this day truly is.