Panettone French Toast

  • For the cinnamon syrup
  • 250ml water
  • 200g dark brown sugar
  • 30ml whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • For the french toast
  • 1 (500g) loaf panettone bread, baking paper removed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 185ml whipping cream
  • 185ml whole milk
  • 50ml sugar
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 100g mascarpone cheese
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
For the syrup:
Combine 250ml of water and brown sugar in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Boil until the syrup reduces to 250ml, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the cream and cinnamon. Keep the syrup warm. (The syrup can be made one day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before serving.)

For the French toast:
Preheat the oven to 95°C.

Trim the bottom crust of the panettone. Starting at the bottom end of the panettone, cut it crosswise into six (2cm thick) round slices (reserve the top piece for toast).

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until well blended. Add the cream, milk, and sugar and whisk until well mixed.

Melt one tablespoon of butter on a large nonstick griddle over medium heat. Dip three slices of panettone into the custard, turning to allow both sides to absorb the custard. Griddle the soaked panettone slices until they are golden brown and firm to the touch, about 4 minutes per side.

Transfer the French toast to a baking tray and keep them warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining butter, panettone slices, and custard.

Transfer the French toast to plates. Dollop the mascarpone atop each. Lightly dust with the icing sugar.

Drizzle the cinnamon syrup over and around the French toast and serve immediately.

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