Panettone French Toast from Celeb Chef Luca Manfè, winner of Masterchef Season 4
Want to impress your guests during their stay at your home or during a simple brunch with family and friends. Then you need to try this recipe! Bauli Panettone cakes are known as an Italian staple throughout the holiday season and are a tradition at many family tables. Although panettone is delicious on its own, it can also be used to enhance treats like French toast, tiramisù, and bread pudding. This French toast recipe was developed by Chef Luca Manfe, brand ambassador for Bauli, and is sure to delight all of your loved ones this holiday season.
- 1 Panettone
- 6 large eggs
- ¾ cup whipping cream
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- ½ cup mascarpone cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 200°.
- Trim the bottom crust from the Panettone. Starting at the bottom of the loaf, cut it crosswise into 6 (3/4-inch thick) round slices. (Reserve the top piece for buttered toast!)
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the cream, milk and sugar, and whisk until well blended.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter on a nonstick griddle over medium heat. Dip the Panettone into the egg mixture, turning to allow both sides to absorb it. Grill the soaked Panettone slices until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining butter, Panettone slices and egg mixture.
- Transfer the French toast to plates. Top each with a dollop of mascarpone, and sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Add berries, drizzle with maple syrup, and serve immediately.
Bauli is the creator of authentic, Italian confectionary goods associated with shared moments of sweetness and pleasure, joy and tradition. With sales in over 60 countries on 5 continents, the Bauli family business maintains the same dedication to excellence that started almost 80 years ago. The Bauli line spans a wide range of sweet confectionaries and includes panettone, pandoro, specialty cakes, croissants, cupcakes, and more. If you want authentic Italian desserts and holiday treats, you want Bauli.
About Luca Manfè
Chef Luca Manfè has been in the restaurant business since he was 16 years old, working in a pub in his small hometown in Northeast Italy. When he turned 21, he started to travel the world, working in Italy, Australia, Florida, and New York. He had the privilege and honor to work with great chefs, experiencing ingredients and techniques from different cuisines. Ultimately, he landed in New York City, in pursuit of the American dream. Fast forward ten years, and Luca has certainly achieved what he set out to accomplish. Today, Luca is a successful cookbook author, releasing his first cookbook, “My Italian Kitchen,” in May, 2014. He also runs a small catering company called “Dinner with Luca,” and is the first male (and non-American) to win the title of MasterChef USA.