Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Italian" French Toast

I saw Buddy Valestro make this on his show Kitchen Boss and wanted to try it. I loved the taste of the orange zest on it!


1 2 pound loaf panettone or whatever bread you have on hand
4 large eggs plus 2 yolks
1‑1/2 cup half n' half
1/4 cup amaretto liqueur (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
zest grated from one orange
5‑6 tablespoons butter, as needed


  1. Remove paper from panettone. Divide loaf into quarters, wrap and put away one quarter. Slice each quarter into two 1" thick slices – you will be slicing off a rounded side on each quarter – eat, save or discard. You will have six, tall, 1" thick slices.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the butter. Heat a large saut̩ pan Рone large enough to comfortable hold three slices without crowding. Add butter and heat until fragrant and foaming.
  3. Dip each piece of panettone into the egg mixture, about a "five count" for each side. Let excess drip from the bread back into the bowl. Fry three pieces at a time, maintaining a low, steady heat, cooking until each side is browned – approx 3 - 4 minutes per side. This yields a tender, custardy interior with a crispier exterior. Add butter as needed and repeat with remaining three slices of panettone.
  4. The bread is quite sweet as is. Suggested serving: topped with butter-toasted sliced almonds and a dusting of 10x sugar.

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