It's officially the holiday season; that period of time from Thanksgiving till the New Year where you find yourself eating things you normally wouldn't eat. The time where you easily justify all this eating by saying it's the holidays and my diet will start in January. Yes we all go there...every year and even though we swear we won't this year it's not going to be any different. Trust me on this one.
So what better time to try Panettone. You know Panettone; that large cupola shaped bread, in elegant boxes seen on the store shelves this time of year. Originating from Milan this sweet bread is normally studded with candied fruit and raisins. I've also seen them made soaked in rum or with chocolate chips. Panettone gets its domed shape because the dough is made to rise 3 times or almost 20 hours before it's cooked.
I never made my own Panettone and I don't think I will now that I've found Bauducco Panettone. A few weeks back I was given one to try and it was delicious; I loved it. The texture was soft and airy, exactly the way it's supposed to be. The taste was sweet and buttery and not to overbearing. It's wonderful on it's own: maybe toasted, maybe not....maybe even with a little butter. Perfect for breakfast; but makes a nice after dinner treat too.
Want to try a Bauducco Panettone....I'm hosting a giveaway. Three lucky readers will get one of these delicious breads delivered to their door. See contest details below. Just in case raisins aren't your thing Bauducco also makes a chocolate chip Panettone
The one problem with Panettone in our house is it's size...it's big and there's only two of us. So after a few days of straight up deliciousness I was looking for new ways to eat it. (Never once did sharing it with a friend occur to me.) I googled leftover Panettone ideas and came up with lots of recipes...nothing seemed appealing. A Twitter follower suggest doing a trifle. That sounded interesting. Something with Nutella maybe? My mind started racing with the idea. And before I knew it things started developing in the kitchen and the Nutella Panettone Trifle was born.
For the Mousse
9 ounces Nutella
1 cup heavy whipping cream, very cold
Chill your mixing bowl and whisk attachment until cold. Beat the heavy cream until
it forms soft peaks. Mix in the Nutella.
Cut your Panettone into pieces. Line the bottom of your trifle dish. Pour Nutella mousse on top. Continue layering in this fashion until all used.
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