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Chocolate and Mascarpone Panettone Toast

Chocolate and Mascarpone Panettone French Toast

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  • Author: Patricia Conte
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Transform your leftover panettone cakes into a breakfast treat with this Chocolate and Mascarpone Panettone French Toast, drizzled with a zesty orange syrup.


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For the Orange Syrup:

  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) water
  • 1/3 cup (67 g) white sugar
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) orange juice
  • 23 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the French Toast:

  • 12, 1-inch-thick slices of panettone
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) milk
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) orange juice
  • 6 ounces (170 g) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup (60 g) dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/4 cup (31 g) confectioners’ sugar


  1. Prepare the Orange Syrup: In a small pan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar in water. Add orange juice, zest, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine French Toast Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and orange juice. In a separate bowl, mix mascarpone, chocolate liqueur, cinnamon, melted chocolate, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  3. Assemble the French Toast: Spread mascarpone mixture over half the panettone slices, then top with remaining slices. Place sandwiches in a baking dish, pour the egg mixture over, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, covered with plastic wrap.
  4. Bake: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place sandwiches on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes per side.
  5. Serve: Enjoy warm with the homemade orange syrup.


  • Ensure the panettone slices are snug in the baking dish for even soaking.
  • The orange syrup can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, omit the chocolate liqueur or replace it with a chocolate syrup.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
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