Holiday breakfast: Italian toast

It’s hard to believe another Christmas has come and gone, but chances are you’ve got plenty of leftover cookies, pies, ice cream, peppermint bark and cake. While my mother and I are ready to give away most of these treats, there is one goodie we’re still hoarding: panettone.

A popular holiday gift among Italian families, this traditional sweet bread is filled with citron and raisins. Despite being half Italian, my mom was never a fan of panettone, until she tried turning it into French toast.

Unwrap the muffin-like bread and slice from the bottom up, rather than cutting it like a pie. Dredge the slices in egg wash and set on a frying pan greased in butter. Let both sides cook until slightly browned. Top with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar or a sparing amount pure maple syrup — you may find it sweet enough alone.

While you’ll find boxes of panettone in stores such as T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, the selection can be stale. Gourmet grocery stores and Italian specialty markets are a better option. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Fresh Market’s own take on panettone, which is made in Italy but tasted fresh and moist.

Merry Day-After!

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