Nick Nairn's Christmas Sticky Toffee Panettone Pudding

Nick Nairn's Christmas Sticky Toffee Panettone Pudding

Panettone now makes a regular appearance on British Christmas tables. This light, vanilla–flavoured Italian cake tastes great with a simple cup of coffee, but even better transformed into this delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding. This recipe is a doddle to make and will particularly appeal to people who aren’t fans of the traditional and rich Christmas pud.


Remove the toffee from the heat when it reaches  118°C – 120°C.

Serves 4-6
  • 1kg Panettone (or Pandoro)
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 125g Demerara sugar
  • 284ml double cream
  • 25g Californian walnuts, chopped
  • 25g dried cranberries, chopped
  • 25g dried apricots, chopped
  • 25g Californian pistachios, shelled and halved
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • For the toffee sauce, gently melt the sugar and butter together in a large pan, add the cream and boil until thick.
  • Simmer over a low heat, whisking constantly. Remove once the temperature reaches 118°C – 120°C (the hotter the caramel gets the more brittle it will become — you want to be able to drop the pieces of cake in it).
  • The mixture’s consistency should be a little thicker than custard and it should have a lovely toffee colour.
  • Unwrap the Panettone and, using a sharp knife, slice off the dark crust from all over the cake and discard.
  • Cut the pale inside section that is left into large cubes – about the size of a traditional sticky toffee pudding portion.
  • Drop the pieces of cake into the toffee sauce and leave to soak for a few minutes (best done in batches).
  • Lift out with a slotted spoon onto a serving plate, sprinkle with walnuts, pistachios, dried apricots and cranberries and serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Or, if you prefer something to counteract the sweetness, use Greek yoghurt or crème fraîche instead.
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