Recipes with Artisan Panettone: 5 tasty ideas
Hi, do you want to enjoy your panettone in an alternative way for the holidays? This article can help you, are you ready to discover how panettone can transform your kitchen? Today we will explore together 5 extraordinary panettone recipes (if you use artisanal panettone, we guarantee that the taste improves) that will make you see this Christmas classic in a completely new light. With their irresistible mix of tradition and innovation, these recipes will bring a touch of magic to your days.
Before we dive into the heart of the article, let me tell you a little about the history of panettone, this dessert that is much more than just a Christmas tradition. Originally from Milan, panettone has conquered palates all over the world with its soft texture and unique flavor. But it’s not just a holiday dessert: its versatility makes it perfect for culinary creations all year round.
Today, we put aside traditional panettone recipes to explore together how this dessert can become the protagonist of unexpected and delicious dishes. From sweet to savory, you’ll be surprised at how flexible and adaptable it is. We will dedicate ourselves to 5 simple recipes, 3 classic desserts and finally 2 recipes that could lean more towards the savory side.
Ready? Let’s begin…
The Art of Panettone Cake
Imagine transforming a classic artisanal panettone into an extraordinary cake. Start by choosing a high-quality panettone, which is soft and aromatic. Cut it horizontally into three or four layers, depending on the desired height.
Now prepare an orange cream, similar to custard but with a citrus touch. Flavor the milk with plenty of orange zest and then pour it hot into a pan containing eggs, sugar and flour. Stir continuously with a whisk on the heat until you reach a dense and velvety consistency.
To assemble the cake, use a baking dish. Start with a first layer of panettone slices, lightly soaked in orange juice. On top of it, spread a layer of your orange cream, and sprinkle with dark chocolate flakes. Continue doing this until you run out of ingredients.
For decoration, if you have some panettone left over, cut it into cubes and spread them on the surface of the cake. Complete everything with a sprinkling of icing sugar. If you don’t have leftover panettone, you can still enrich your cake with an additional layer of dark or milk chocolate flakes, depending on your taste.
This cake is not only a delight for the palate, but also represents an original way to create a dessert with leftover panettone, transforming it into an elegant and flavourful dessert.
Panettone cake is versatile: excellent as a conclusion to a festive meal, but also as an afternoon snack, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee.
Spedini di Panettone: a Touch of Originality
Imagine transforming your artisanal panettone into a fun and delicious festive snack. Start by cutting the panettone into cubes of approximately 2 cm. These will be the base for your skewers. Then, select a variety of fresh fruit which could include strawberries, kiwis, pineapple and bananas, also cut into the same size pieces.
Alternately skewer the panettone cubes and fruit onto wooden skewers. For a special touch, you can lightly brown the panettone cubes in the oven before skewering them, to add a caramelized flavor and crunchy texture.
Now, prepare a delicious double chocolate fondue. Melt dark chocolate and white chocolate in a bain-marie in two separate containers. Dip the panettone and fruit skewers in the chocolate fondues, creating an irresistible contrast of flavors and colours. Leave them to cool on a rack so that the chocolate solidifies perfectly.
These skewers are not only an original and festive way to enjoy classic panettone, but they are also perfect for adding a touch of magic and fun to any celebration. Whether it’s a Christmas buffet or an outdoor summer party, these skewers are sure to impress all your guests. They are a demonstration of how a simple dessert can become a creative and delicious dish that makes everyone feel a little like a child, breaking the routine with a pinch of imagination and deliciousness.
Panettone Soup: Surprising and Delicate
If we talk about Dessert with Panettone, Panettone Zuppetta rises to a new level of taste with this revisitation. Start by creating a creamy base: mix egg yolks with sugar, then combine hot milk with orange peels for a citrus flavor. Cook the mixture until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency.
To add a touch of elegance, prepare a white chocolate cream. Melt the white chocolate in a bain-marie or in the microwave, then add it to the citrus cream. Soften the gelatine in cold water, squeeze it and add it to the mixture. When the cream has cooled slightly, add fresh semi-whipped cream to make it soft and light.
Place the cream in hemispherical molds and freeze for eight hours to obtain a firm, velvety consistency. In the meantime, cut the artisanal panettone into cubes and immerse them in milk. After letting them soften, blend them until you obtain a smooth cream and pass it through a sieve.
To serve, turn out the white chocolate cream and arrange it together with the panettone soup. Accompany with lightly toasted slices of panettone for a contrast in texture. This soup not only enhances the flavor of the dessert with the leftover panettone, but transforms it into a sophisticated and visually appealing dessert, perfect for concluding a special meal.
Panettone Sandwich: Revolution in the Kitchen
The Panettone Sandwich is a perfect example of how creativity in the kitchen can give life to surprising dishes. Start by lightly toasting the panettone slices to make them more crunchy and resistant to the filling. Choose quality ingredients for the filling: finely chopped raw ham, soft cheese that melts easily such as brie or fontina, and fresh rocket for a touch of freshness and spiciness.
Assemble the sandwich by placing the ingredients between two slices of panettone. The combination of the sweetness of the panettone with the saltiness of the ham and the creaminess of the melted cheese creates a deliciously unexpected balance of flavors. This recipe is ideal for a quick but refined lunch, or as an original dish for a Sunday brunch.
The Panettone Sandwich is a testimony to how panettone can be reinvented in a modern way, offering new taste experiences and breaking the boundaries between sweet and savory.
Panettone Toast: The Elegance of Simple
For a taste experience that combines sweet and savory in a sublime way, Panettone Toast is the perfect choice. Cut slices of artisanal panettone vertically and toast them on a griddle or in a toaster until they become crispy and golden. This process not only enhances their texture but also the unique flavor of the panettone, preparing it to welcome the flavors that will follow.
For the filling, you have two options: sweetness or a strong savory flavour. If you opt for dessert, spread the toasted slices with slightly sour-tasting jams, such as bitter orange or currant jams, which pair perfectly with the aromas of the panettone. For a savory version, choose lean cold cuts such as carne salada or bresaola, which pair beautifully with the fragments of raisins and candied fruit in the panettone.
This recipe represents a revolutionary reinterpretation of the dessert with leftover panettone, transforming it into an elegant and versatile dish, suitable both for a special breakfast and for an innovative and chic aperitif. It is the demonstration of how panettone can be masterfully reinvented, offering a unique culinary experience full of contrasts.
In conclusion, artisanal panettone represents much more than a simple Christmas dessert. It is a surprisingly versatile ingredient, capable of transforming every meal into a unique experience. I hope that these recipes have inspired you to experiment in the kitchen and to rediscover panettone in ever new and exciting ways.
With its rich history and countless culinary possibilities, panettone never ceases to amaze. Whether you choose to make any of these desserts, each dish will be a celebration of flavor and creativity. Panettone is much more than a dessert with panettone: it is a blank canvas for your culinary imagination. Happy cooking and happy experimenting!