Panettone Pave: The Traditional Recipe






Panettone Pave is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert, perfect for using up leftover Christmas panettone.

A curiosity is that the origin of the “panettone pave” is uncertain, but it is known that it is a typical dessert of Italian cuisine. It is made with layers of panettone, a typical Italian bread, interspersed with a variety of fillings, such as cream, fruit, chocolate, among others.

So the advantage of making a “panettone pavé” is the possibility of using panettone that is already left over at home, and also the possibility of creating a variety of flavors and textures, depending on the fillings chosen. In addition, it is an easy dessert to prepare and is a great option to be served on special occasions, such as New Year’s parties.

So let’s get to the “hands-on”:


  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 4 cups of whole milk tea
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1 cup of chopped milk chocolate tea
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder with 50% cocoa
  • 1 can of cream
  • 2 teaspoons of rum essence


  • 1 Chocotone of 500g in strips
  • 1 1/2 cup candied fruit
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate shavings
  • Cherries to decorate


Preparation method:

  1. In a pan, mix the starch with a little milk, dissolving it completely.
  2. Add the rest of the milk, condensed milk, chopped chocolate and powdered chocolate.
  3. Take the pan to a low heat and stir constantly until a homogeneous mixture is formed.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  5. Add the cream and essence. Mix well and set aside.


  1. In individual bowls, add alternating layers of cream, chocotone strips and candied fruit.
  2. Finish with a layer of cream.
  3. Decorate with milk chocolate shavings and place a cherry on top.
  4. Serve chilled.

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  • You can add candied fruit or fresh fruit to give the pave a different touch.
  • Swap the milk chocolate for dark chocolate.
  • Replace candied fruit with another fruit of your choice.
  • Add a layer of whipped cream if desired.

*Reproduction of Harald Experimental Kitchen recipe

Other tips on how to reuse Christmas panettone

Who doesn’t have a panettone after Christmas dinner in the pantry? Thankfully, there are several ways to reuse Christmas panettone. And let’s be honest…many of them are even better than panettone alone. So here are some of them:

  1. Panettone Trifle: Cut the panettone into cubes and mix with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Then pour into individual bowls and garnish with fruit and whipped cream.
  2. Panettone Pudding: Cut the panettone into cubes and mix with condensed milk, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla essence. Take it to the oven until it’s firm. Serve hot or cold.
  3. Stuffed Panettone: Cut the panettone in half, remove most of the core and fill with chocolate cream, dulce de leche or fruit. Then put the halves back and serve.
  4. Panettone French Toast: Cut the panettone into thick slices and prepare like a regular French Toast, using eggs, milk and sugar. Serve with honey or syrup.
  5. Panettone for dessert: Use panettone in dessert recipes, such as cake, pie or pavé.
  6. Salty panettone in soup: Add panettone cubes to vegetable or chicken broth soup.

These are just a few ideas for repurposing Christmas panettone, but there are many more creative ways to use it. These were our tips today for you to enjoy the leftover panettone at home and make a delicious dessert. Also check out more Pave Recipes for Dessert: Delicious and Easy to Make. We hope you like it and bon appetit!


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