i stopped at my favorite cheese shop for holiday snacks & they had pieces of panettone cut up & i nibbled on this wonderful orange tasting bread.

“what is this?”

“panettone! we have it specially made for us & it’s only available 2 weeks a year! it makes AWESOME french toast!’

i bought it & made panettone french toast-giada de laurentis’ recipe. wow! they were right! this italian holiday bread tastes orange drenched & is filled with fruits & nuts. it’s surprisingly light. they were right. it was the very best french toast i have ever had. or made! forget pancakes. make this!

the word derives from the Milanese, “pan del ton,” meaning “bread of luxury.”
there are many myths surrounding the invention of this bread. it’s worth reading about.