April 7, 2020
Spending Easter at home takes on a new meaning this year, but though physical distancing may prevent the usual long weekend brunches and egg hunts, there are plenty of ways to celebrate with those you love—wherever they are. Here are a few ways to make things interesting, virtually or with fewer people at home.
Set up a virtual brunch and loop everyone in on FaceTime or Facebook Messenger, with your phone or laptop propped up on the table. If you have a lazy Susan to place it on, it can easily and smoothly rotate to capture everyone at the table.
Have a virtual bake-off: choose a theme, or even a specific recipe (Easter bread! hot cross buns! cinnamon buns!) and have everyone bake a batch, then compare on FaceTime or by email or text.
Do a (safe) baking drop off: Package up a batch of any of the above to leave on a neighbour’s doorstep.
Have a baking black box challenge: look through your pantry for ingredients you may not use often, like candied ginger or maple extract, and make a black box competition, with teams, to make something using them.
Pannetone Bread Pudding
by Julie Van Rosendaal
If you find yourself with leftover fancy breads, or still happen to have a pannetone leftover from Christmas, they make a fantastic sweet bread pudding that can be served with coffee for breakfast, or whipped cream or ice cream for dessert. If you don’t have fruit breads, the last of your usual crusty loaves do just fine here too.
8 cups cubed panettone, raisin bread or cinnamon buns
5 large eggs
3 cups whole milk or half & half
1/2 cup sugar
grated zest of an orange (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
Icing sugar, for dusting
Spread the panettone cubes into a shallow, buttered 9- or 10-inch round or square baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, orange zest (if using) and vanilla. Pour over the bread and let stand for an hour, or cover and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350˚F. Bake the pudding for 45 minutes, or until puffed and golden and a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Serve warm, room temperature or cold, dusted with icing sugar. Serves 8.
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