An Italian invention (originally from Milan), panettone is almost as ubiquitous as Christmas pudding these days, come December. A sort of cake/bread hybrid, it's traditionally flavoured with candied fruits, and invariably comes packaged in a pretty box. Although seriously scrumptious served in a big wedge with a hot drink (or boozy alternative), it also makes the most delicious base for other desserts.
Asda's Extra Special Italian Pantettone is crafted over the course of three days, using a buttery, sultana and candied orange-flecked dough and baked to a traditonal recipe. If you're looking for ways to use up that panettone, here are a few simple, delicious and family-friendly recipe ideas...
1. Panettone tiramisu
This tiramisu is made even more Italian with the inclusion of panettone, soaked in coffee and liquer and topped with creamy mascarpone. It serves 8 people, so is a great way of making that leftover panettone go further. Sprinkled with flakes of dark chocolate, it looks pretty darn impressive, too.
2. Berry panettone pudding
Bread and butter pudding is delicious however you make it – with regular old stale sliced white, croissants, hot cross buns or added chocolate. But this panettone variant might just be the tastiest of all. A mix of fresh raspberries with dried blueberries and cherries adds a bit of festive colour to this creamy pud – just serve with a splodge of cream.
3. Prosecco & panettone trifle
Another Italian spin on an old English favourite – Prosecco is used in place of sherry in this fruity trifle. Simply drizzle a small glassful over your layers of panettone, before adding the other ingredients. This pistachio-topped showstopper would make a fantastic, lighter (and less time-consuming) alternative to that Christmas pudding, as it delivers a fruity, boozy kick minus the stodge-factor.