Recipe: Sweet Panzanella

What a day! This morning Gary saw someone drop off a small animal across the street from his work. As he got closer he realized it was a kitten no larger than the palm of your hand. But every time he tried to help her she hissed and inched away, hiding in a fenced off construction dump. We went back with some blankets and food and successfully rescued her! We immediately took her to the vet, who told us she’s healthy and about 1 month old. The moment I was able to capture her was a little surreal. We waited for about 20 minutes without a sound. It wasn’t until I tried meowing (which has never worked for me before) that she responded! She let me pet her so I was able to hold on a pull her through a crack in the fence.

It’s been about 7 hours and she is already proving to be quite a handful, but I had some time to snap a few photos of this sweet panzanella I made earlier. I just received Super Natural Every Day and have been poring through it every chance I get! There are a ton of recipes I’m eager to try out but of course my sweet tooth got the better of me. Instead of the suggested raspberries I used cherries, but I’m sure almost any fruit (except for melons) would taste delicious. The buttery sugar crust that forms on the outside of the bread is so addictive. My adaptation uses a bit more butter and sugar, but when you think about it, it’s not that unhealthy. I did use a whole wheat bread! ;)

Sweet Panzanella
adapted from Super Natural Every Day

1/4 c butter
4 tbsp + 2 tsp brown sugar
half an old loaf of bread, cubed
1/3 – 1/2 c cherries, or any stone fruit or berry of your choice
1/4 c chopped walnuts

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, then add 4 tbsp sugar until dissolved. Toss in cubed bread and mix until evenly coated. Pour bread onto a baking sheet in 1 even layer and bake for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Let bread cool for 10 minutes to crisp up some more. Meanwhile, pit cherries and lightly mash with 2 tsp brown sugar. Toss fruit, walnuts, and bread together just before serving.

4 thoughts on “Recipe: Sweet Panzanella

  1. kitten!!! Sounds like a sweet story and a sweet ending (with the panzanella!) I’m not a big cherry fan but I wonder if this would still be as good with something like apples or light like pears…

  2. Yum that looks delicious! I was reminded how amazing panzanella is when I was at Bottegia Louie, but I’d never thought to try a sweet version! I will definitely be trying this one…

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