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Whether you’re looking for a delicious festive dessert or a great way to use up Christmas leftovers, you need to try my Gluten Free Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding.

Slices of gluten free panettone are bathed in an amaretto-spiked custard and baked to create an addictively-moreish dessert.

It’s simple to make, perfect for that ‘Twixmas’ season and an excellent way to combat food waste.

I find it works best with stale gluten free panettone but I have some top tips for speeding this up if yours is fresh.

I’ve also included where to find gluten free panettone to buy in the UK below if you’re struggling to get hold of one.

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What is gluten free bread and butter pudding?

Traditionally, bread pudding is made by slicing up bread, buttering each piece, and then layering it up in a dish.

This is scattered with dried fruit, covered in a homemade custard and baked.

This creates a delicious, squidgy and rich dessert which is lovely served with hot custard and ice-cream.

And of course, to make bread pudding gluten free, you just need to use gluten free bread instead.

It’s not to be confused with bread pudding, which involves soaking the bread and then squishing it before baking to create a more cake-like look.

By making this gluten free bread and butter pudding with gluten free panettone, it creates a festive spin which is perfect for a Christmas dessert.

gluten free panettone bread and butter pudding

Where can I buy gluten free panettone in the UK?

Gluten free panettone is often difficult to find but don’t worry, I’m here to help you out!

For this version of recipe testing I used the Schär Gluten Free Panettone which you can buy seasonally in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Ocado.

Some independent gluten free bakeries offer their own gluten free panettone but this is probably the easiest one to source.

And who knows, maybe next year will finally be the year I develop my own panettone recipe, finally!

gluten free panettone bread and butter pudding

Ingredients and Substitutions

There’s a full recipe card for this bread and butter pudding below, but for the shopping list you will need:

  • Gluten Free Panettone – ideally this recipe works best with stale panettone. If you only have a fresh one, you can slice it up and leave it out overnight. Alternatively place it in a warm oven for half an hour to ‘stale’ up a bit.
  • Butter – you’ll need this for greasing the tin (very important!) and also buttering each slice of panettone.
  • Eggs – This forms the base of the custard. I use large eggs.
  • Double Cream and Milk – Combined these also go into the custard. I find this 50:50 ratio works best so try not to amend this.
  • Amaretto – if you don’t like amaretto and it’s marzipan flavours, you could use Baileys in this recipe instead.
  • Light Brown Sugar – this both sweetens the custard and adds a delicious, crunchy topping. You can use caster sugar if that’s all you have.
  • Vanilla Extract – omit this if you don’t have any, but it does add a lovely taste to the custard and goes well with the amaretto.

Because this custard is reliant on both dairy and eggs, I don’t currently have a substitution I can recommend for these.

gluten free panettone bread and butter pudding

My Gluten Free Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe

This gluten free bread and butter pudding with panettone and amaretto is a wonderful Christmas dessert.

It’s also perfect for using up Christmas leftovers too!

Make it to share with family and friends – this serves 6-8 people depending on the portion sizes, and can be served with custard or ice-cream.

If you make this recipe and love it, please do let me know by tagging me on my Instagram or using #theglutenfreeblogger. I love seeing your bakes!

And if you loved it, please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me. 

gluten free panettone bread and butter pudding
Yield: 8

Gluten Free Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This gluten free bread and butter pudding uses up leftover panettone with a good glug or amaretto for a festive treat. This works best wirh stale panettone but I've included an initial first step to hurry this process if needed!


  • 450g gluten free panettone
  • Unsalted butter (approx 75g)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250ml double cream
  • 250ml milk
  • 100ml amaretto
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Cut the panettone in half lengthways then cut into 1cm thick slices. Lay them out in one layer on a tray and either leave overnight to go stale or place in a warm (not hot) oven for around 30 minutes.
  2. Grease a rectangular ovenproof dish with a generous amount of butter.
  3. Butter one side of all of the panettone slices then arrange them in the dish so slightly overlapping.
  4. Add the eggs, double cream, milk, amaretto, vanilla extract and half the sugar to a large jug or bowl and whisk lightly until combined.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly over the panettone slices, squishing them down to try soak up all the mix. Leave to stand for around 20 mins while you preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas Mark 4.
  6. When the oven is hot, sprinkle the remaining sugar over the pudding and bake for 35 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 30 minutes before serving warm, or cool completely and enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 8g


Want to have a go at some of the other gluten free dessert recipes on the blog?

Give some of these other gluten free recipes a try for your next dessert!

I’ve also got my gluten free Christmas page with everything you need to enjoy a safe festive season.

There are plenty of articles and recipes to choose from – here are a couple to get you going:

If you do make this recipe please let me know! I’d love to see your photos using #theglutenfreeblogger, share them in my Facebook group or tag me on Instagram. 

And if you have any recipe suggestions, please let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next!

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About Sarah Howells

Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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