Pannetone Bread Pudding – Magnifico!

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A great way to use up those left over pannetones that are lingering in the cupboard post Christmas!

Experiment with the different flavoured ones!!

A favourite of my daughter’s! Scrumptious!

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INGREDIENTS

50g butter
250g panettone (about 5 medium slices)
2 eggs
14oml  double cream
225ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp caster sugar
Icing sugar, for sprinkling -optional

You could serve with cream but it is really creamy enough!!

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160C / fan 140C and grease a 850ml/1½ pint shallow baking dish with a little butter.

Cut the panettone into wedges, leaving the crusts on. Butter the slices lightly with the rest of the butter. Cut the slices in half and arrange them in the dish, buttered side up.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, vanilla extract and sugar and pour evenly over the panettone.

Put the dish in a roasting tin and pour hot water around it to a depth of about 2.5cm/1in. Bake for 35 minutes until the pudding is just set – it should be yellow inside and nicely browned on top. Dust with icing sugar.

And enjoy!

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Poached Plums in Red Wine with Walnut Mascarpone

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IMG_5091 I post this more because I like the photo as much as anything for I know so many of you make dishes like this all the time -it is such a delicious way to eat plums! Anyway, I poached 2 plums per person, halved and stoned, placed in a casserole dish face down. I added enough good red wine until it came up to just over half way up the plums. I added several shavings of orange peel and a good tablespoon of muscovado sugar. Bring gently to the boil, pop a lid on and simmer for 20 minutes. I crushed a handful of walnuts and mixed them into the mascarpone, served it with the red wine sauce and a whole walnut to top off the mascarpone. Fabulous!