As part of the foodbuzz taste maker program I was lucky enough to get a sample of panettone Baducco. Now panettone has a special place in all Italians hearts. Panettone is The Christmas dessert. The one and only that has to be present for Christmas celebrations.
It is not a super sweet cake, is closer to a croissant or raisin bread but is more eggy, more fluffy and of course more christmasy! You can use panettone to make french toast or bread pudding, but in Italy we almost never do anything with panettone, we just enjoy the slices as a dessert or for breakfast. In praticular after Christmas, when panettone becomes dirt cheap (often much cheaper than bread), we eat panettone for breakfast or as an afternoon snack instead of bread and jam. When it is really cold, maybe you can add a cup of hot chocolate.
For Christmas or when we serve panettone as a dessert in a more formal dinner, when we want to spice things up a bit, we might add some sweet sauces, like a sweet orange sauce, a mascarpone cream or a chocolate ganache.
Once you are done with your daily slice, put the panettone back in its bag. It will keep for weeks (that is if you can resist to it). And next time you see panettone on the shelves of a store, grab one and give it a try!