Holiday (Breakfast) Traditions

Holiday traditions are the best.  There are so many of ours that I love and I’m so excited to start more now that we have a little one.  We spend Christmas Eve with a small gathering of our immediate families and it’s just so lovely.  We have a multi-course dinner, always featuring my mother-in-law’s famous crab cakes and my sister-in-law’s famous ravioli (more to come on that soon!).  It’s a several hour affair, sitting together, eating good food, enjoying good wine and loving one another.

This was our 3rd year in a row ringing in the New Year with some of our dear friends.  Each year we travel to Virginia and have a low key evening.  We plan a yummy, yet easy dinner…usually involving the crockpot.  Shannon and I go get our nails done, and this year we added a massage to the list…mommy’s day out if you will.  They have a little boy a month younger than Connor and it’s so fun to watch them interact and we are thrilled that they will grow up together!
baby collage We spent our evenings catching up, drinking and playing the oh so awesome Cards Against Humanity.  It was a blast.
cards against humanity

Holiday food traditions are even more awesome.  In my family we have several of these, like sauerkraut on Thanksgiving, shortbread cookies throughout the month of December, and Panettone french toast on Christmas morning.  We didn’t have it Christmas morning this year, so I thought I’d introduce our tradition to one of our favorite families for New Years Day breakfast.

Panettone is a sweet Italian bread with candied oranges and raisins.  It is a popular holiday bread throughout Europe.  My mom has always loved it around the holidays and therefore it became one of our go-to’s for Christmas breakfast.  You can find it at local grocery stores, Bed, Bath & Beyond and often Marshalls.
french toast

you will need:
1 loaf Panettone
1 cup milk
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 tablespoons of butter for the pan
maple syrup & butter for serving

Cut the loaf of panettone in thick slices (at least 1″), discarding the crusty ends.  Whisk together the milk, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla.  Heat your skillet pan or griddle over medium-high heat until nice and hot.  Add some butter to coat the pan.  Dunk each piece of bread in the milk mixture, then place in the hot pan.  Cook until the sides are golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

If you need to cook in batches, you can place the cooked french toast on a cookie sheet and keep warm in a low oven until ready to serve.  When ready to serve, top with more butter and yummy maple syrup.

serves: 4-6 depending on the portions
time: 20 minutes
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