You know you’ve found a great pudding when everyone in the house just gravitates towards it and won’t stop eating until it’s all gone, right? Yeah, that’s what happened with this little delight of a dish! And what’s more, it’s super easy, super quick and yes you guessed it, super delicious!!
Can you make this Chocolate Panettone pudding alcoholic?
Ok I know what you’re thinking – the kids can’t have a boozy pudding, can they? Well to be honest, no they shouldn’t but that doesn’t mean you can’t just make two! Just put alcohol in one of them. What a result – 2 puddings meaning you all get more to eat. That’s a total win, win in my book!
I have tried it with both dark rum and amaretto (and I’ve also tried it without) – they are all awesome but my favourite is the rum. I feel it gives more depth of flavour. Try them and let me know what you think!
History of Panettone
I think it’s fair to say that most of us know the origins of panettone are in Italy, right? But why is it made the way it is? And why do we mainly enjoy it at Christmas?
Well, there is a story that panettone, or a form of it, was created by the Romans (of course, they created nearly everything didn’t they?!) Theirs was a form using honey. Fast forward some years and apparently panettone the way wee know it came about due to a man who wanted to impress a lady! She was from a very rich family and to win her father’s approval the poor man decided to create panettone. The dish so impressed the father that the man got to marry his daughter and the dish was named Pan del Toni (the name of the rich man!) Awwww, how romantic. If you want to find out other such stories, check out History Today – it’s an interesting read!
I seriously implore you to make this pudding – it’s super tasty and really worth it especially given it takes next to no time! I made it four months after receiving my panettone, but I know that nowadays you can buy it all year round if you look in the right places!
Other sweets you might enjoy are my super easy beetroot chocolate cake (you can’t even taste the beets) or my mini white chocolate, cardamom and raspberry cheesecakes
In the meantime, let’s get straight on with the recipe!
Boozy Cinnamon and Chocolate Panettone Pudding
- 300 g panettone slices
- 50 g butter, softened
- 100 g dark chocolate chips
- 1 orange – juice of and zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 375 ml milk
- 50 g caster sugar
- 1 handful craisins (dried cranberries) optional
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 100 ml liqueur – amaretto or dark rum optional
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Spread the butter over the panettone slices and arrange them as neatly as possible in an oven proof dish, cutting in half if desired.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the slices and also tuck some between the slices. Do the same with the ground cinnamon and the craisins.
- Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, orange zest and juice, sugar and liqueur (if using) into a bowl and whisk together.
- Pour the liquid over the panettone slices and allow to soak for 10 minutes before placing in the oven for 30 minutes.