Panettone French Toast

November 30, 2023

Panettone French Toast is a delicious way to transform Italian Christmas bread into a festive holiday morning breakfast topped with powdered sugar, cranberries, and whipped cream.

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The first arrival of panettone in the grocery store had me thinking, “This would make excellent French toast!”  So I bought a box.  If you’re unfamiliar with this Italian Christmas treat, it’s a sweet bread made with candied fruits and raisins.  And when it’s cooked in egg, vanilla, and cinnamon, it’s the perfect holiday breakfast!

Now another thing about panettone – it’s usually eaten for dessert during Christmas celebrations.  However, you can basically eat it any time of the day.  It can be snacked on or toasted and eaten with tea in the morning.  But turning it into French toast is a game changer!  Your Christmas morning or brunch will never be the same!

So after turning slices of panettone into French toast, I decided to zhuzh it up a bit for Christmas.  I dusted the French toast with powdered sugar.  Then, I added a dollop of whipped cream on top as well as fresh cranberries, mostly for some holiday color.

Panettone French Toast

You could also dress up this French toast with a drizzle of maple syrup or some fresh fruit (oranges, strawberries, blueberries), or keep it simple with just a dusting of powdered sugar.  However you finish your French toast, it’ll definitely taste like the holidays in every bite!

Eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk in a shallow dish.

To start the French toast, we need to whisk the eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Then, stir in the milk.

Panettone slice dipped into shallow dish of eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk.

Next, take the panettone slices and dip in the mixture. Make sure each side is coated.

Panettone French Toast slices being cooked in a large skillet.

Grease a large skillet with a little butter or non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Cook the panettone until egg mixture has set and bread is browned on each side.

Serve the French toast immediately with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a dollop of whipped cream, and fresh cranberries on top.

Panettone French Toast

Panettone French Toast


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 slices panettone
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh cranberries


  1. In a shallow dish, whisk eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon together. Stir in milk.
  2. Dip panettone slices into the egg mixture, making sure to coat each side.
  3. Grease a large skillet with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook the panettone until egg mixture has set and bread is browned on each side.
  4. Serve French toast immediately with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, whipped cream, and fresh cranberries on top.
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Flat lay photo of Panettone French Toast on white serving dish. Gold fork and small bowl of fresh cranberries also in photo.

This French toast is such a delicious way to start a holiday morning, or enjoy a taste of Italian Christmas throughout the season.  Serve it with a rich cup of cocoa or your favorite holiday coffee blend for a seriously cozy breakfast!

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Panettone French Toast pinnable image.

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